An account of those areas of chemistry in which Davy himself had worked. Part II, which was to cover the rest of science, never appeared. Humphry Davy had a major influence on the history of science and medicine. He first synthesized nitrous oxide and noted its anaesthetic properties and he invented the Davy safety lamp to prevent explosions in coal mines -- Abe Books Website.
"This reprint contains the important contributions of Humphry Davy on the properties and nature of 'muriatic acid' and 'oxymuriatic acid', which led to the re-adoption of Scheele's view of the relation in which these bodies stand to each other as against that advanced by Bertholet."--Editor's pref.
"The brilliant chemist's travels and last days in his words." "A series of dialogues on philosophical and scientific topics which includes a short account of a spirit journey, conducted by a Genius, to Saturn, and a description of the non-human intelligent beings inhabiting it. An important, albeit brief, contribution to the evolution of the non- human alien in science fiction." - Locke, Voyages in Space 58. "Mostly essay material on philosophy of science, religion, and popular science, but with short science-fiction episode. An interesting parental exercise, with many remarkable strokes of imagination." - Bleiler, Science- Fiction: The Early Years 552. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 64. Bleiler (1978), p. 57."--abebooks website.