Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air

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Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air (del inglés, «Experimentos y observaciones sobre diferentes clases de aire»)(1774–86) es una obra en seis volúmenes publicada por el erudito inglés Joseph Priestley en la cual informa acerca de sus experimentos sobre "aires" o gases, el más notable entre ellos es el del descubrimiento del oxígeno, que Priestley denominó «aire desflogisticado».[1] [2]

En el primer volumen de Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air Priestley delineó varios descubrimientos importantes: experimentos que eventualmente conducirían al descubrimiento de la fotosíntesis y de numerosos "aires": el "aire nitroso" (óxido nítrico, NO), "vapor de espíritu de la sal" (conocido más tarde como "aire ácido" o "aire marino ácido" y actualmente como ácido clorhídrico, HCl), "aire alcalino" (amonio, NH3), "aire nitroso disminuido" o "deflogisticado" (óxido nitroso, N2O), y el "aire deflogisticado" (oxígeno, O2).


  1. Priestley, Joseph. Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air. London W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1774.
  2. Jackson, Joe, A World on Fire: A Heretic, An Aristocrat And The Race to Discover Oxygen. New York: Viking, 2005. ISBN 0670034347.

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