IV. On the nature of the diamond

  title={IV. On the nature of the diamond},
  author={Smithson Tennant},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={123 - 127}
  • Smithson Tennant
  • History
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Sir Isaac Newton having observed that inflammable bodies had a greater refraction, in proportion to their density, than other bodies, and that the diamond resembled them in this property, was induced to conjecture that the diamond itself was of an inflammable nature. The inflammable substances which he employed were camphire, oil of turpentine, oil of olives, and amber; these he called “fat, sulphureous, unctuous “bodies;" and using the same expression respecting the diamond, he says, it is… 

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