What A Mean Game of Bingo: Chemistry "In the Moist Way"

I have more, you know. More chemistry tables. Here's another. It's by the not-so-famous, younger-peer-to-Linnaeus, Swedish Chemist Torbern Bergman. It was published in 1775. He actually made a two-fold one. One represented the results of identify "elective attractions" betwen the substances obtained "in the moist way" (with a solvent), and the other represented "in the dry way" (with heat).

i-1de07da0d6e4b3a6329b5ff11b80df58-Bergman 1775 In the Moist Way.jpg You have to compare this one to the first one. The first one I posted, Geoffroy's, was smaller, relatively speaking. This one is decades later, and it represents a whole lot more information. It's huge. I can't even post the whole thing here --one, because I don't have a copy of the entire table; two, because if I did, it would be too big anyway. It has 59 rows across, and 50 rows down. That's, what, about a three month bingo game? (Like The Master of Go, but with bingo.) So here is a detail of it, a very small detail:

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a very tiny portion of Torbern Bergman's "Table of Elective Attractions," from "Disquisitio
de attractionibus electivis," Nova Acta Regiae Societatis Scientiarum Upsaliensis 2 ([1775]
1968): 161-250, trans. J. A. Schuffle, Dissertation on Elective Attractions.

Click here for a larger version of the table.

i-4618c4502735795c919ab803405fa432-Bergman 1775 In the Dry Way.jpg (Incidentally, and for clarification, there were dozens more tables in between these two times, from 1718 to 1775 - it's not like this is the second table ever.) But it's all about the language of chemistry. And that's all about the language of science. And the table, then, is all about representing that language. So this still has the alchemical symbols, but with a whole lot more. You can tell they--the chemists--did a lot of work to get to this point.

Lots of Swedes working on this stuff back then too, did you know? French folks, Englishmen, Swedes. A real European affair.

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