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Abstract Volume 5 Issue 5 (2000) pp 263-268

Amedeo Avogadro The Man, the Hypothesis, and the Number

Jaime Wisniak

Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel 84105

Published online: 5 September 2000

Abstract. Amedeo Avogadro was a multifaceted and prolific scientist active in many areas of physics and chemistry, but most of his results did not make a scientific impact. His hypothesis, “equal volumes = equal number of molecules,” remained in obscurity until Cannizaro rekindled it by making it a stepping-stone in the development of the atomic theory.

Key Words: Chemistry and History;

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: wisniak@bgumail.bgu.ac.il)

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Issue date: October 2, 2000

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