Studies in the chemical work of Stahl
This thesis contains a short biography of Stahl together with an account of his experimental researches in chemistry and of his general theoretical ideas. The part played by him in the development and elaboration of the phlogiston theory has been discussed. This was the first comprehensive chemical theory and one which gained almost universal acceptance for half a century, and an endeavour has been made to describe the experimental evidence on which it was based, a point hitherto little realised, and to explain the reasons for its general adoption. Various isolated researches have been investigated which show Stahl to have been a careful and accurate experimentalist over a wide range of subjects. A bibliography of Stahl chemical works is appended.