By J. S. Rowlinson

Why does topic stick jointly? Why do gases condense to beverages, and drinks to solids? This booklet presents an in depth ancient account of ways the various major scientists of the previous 3 centuries have attempted to reply to those questions. the subject of solidarity and the learn of intermolecular forces has been a huge section of actual technological know-how examine for centuries. This booklet is organised into 4 vast sessions of advances in our figuring out. the 1st 3 are linked to Newton, Laplace and van der Waals. the ultimate part supplies an account of the winning use within the 20th century of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics to unravel lots of the final difficulties. The ebook might be of basic curiosity to actual chemists and physicists, in addition to historians of technology attracted to the old origins of our modern-day realizing of cohesion.

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