Henry Darcy (1803–1858): Immortalised by his scientific legacy

  title={Henry Darcy (1803–1858): Immortalised by his scientific legacy},
  author={Craig T. Simmons},
  journal={Hydrogeology Journal},
  • C. Simmons
  • Published 17 July 2008
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology Journal
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