Reference numberCLP/17/9
TitlePaper, 'Observations and tryalls about the resemblances and differences between a burning coale and shineing wood' by Robert Boyle
DescriptionDetails of a series of experiments undertaken to show the resemblances and differences between the characteristics of burning coal and wood. Boyle writes that 'both of them are luminaries, that is, give light', both require the presence of air to burn and that 'both a quick coal and shining wood will be easily quencht by water and many other liquors.' He writes that 'a live coal being put into a small-close-glass will not continue to burn for very many minutes; but a piece of shining wood will continue to shine for some whole dayes.' In total Boyle presents five similarities and six differences.

Subject: Chemistry / Combustion

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'Observations and tryals about the resemblances and differences between a burning coal and shining wood'
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1666.0062
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8137Boyle; Robert (1627 - 1691); natural philosopher and chemist1627 - 1691
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