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Offline kingdeolt

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About William Prout
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:13:47 AM »
Hey guys! I have read online that William Prout used Avogadro's number in his hypothesis about hydrogen being the fundamental particle, but how exactly did he use it? Anybody know? Thanks a lot!!


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Re: About William Prout
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 09:22:02 PM »
Hey guys! I have read online (...)
that's the internet for you....

the first person to give a value for  Avogadros number wasn't good old Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro di Quaregna e di Cerreto - he didn't even have the faintest idea about it, though it is named in his honor.
the same is true for Prout, esp. when he published his theory in 1815

hence, he possibly couldn't have made use of it: it wasn't known before long after Prout's death in 1850

it took 'till 1865 that J.J. Loschmidt at least did measure the ballpark of named number correctly


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