Hofmann's apparatus, 1860s.
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actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Hofmann's apparatus, 1860s.

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Used to demonstrate that the volumes of oxygen that enter into the composition of carbon and sulphur dioxide are equal to the respective volumes of these compound gases, this is a U tube with a deflagrating spoon on a stand. August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818-1892) was one of the major organic chemists and most influential teachers of the nineteenth century.

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