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In Search of El Dorado: John Dalton and the Origins of the Atomic Theory

  title={In Search of El Dorado: John Dalton and the Origins of the Atomic Theory},
  author={Alan J. Rocke},
  journal={Social Research: An International Quarterly},
  pages={125 - 158}
  • A. Rocke
  • Published 30 April 2014
  • History
  • Social Research: An International Quarterly
embarrassment of riches or just embarrassment when he turns to the origin of the tale. He has a herothe English Quaker and self-made natural philosopher John Daltonas well as a birth date for the theory: Dalton's September 6, 1803, entry in his laboratory notebook. Beyond these apparently secure fixed points lurk historiographic monsters; and sometimes the bewildered historian is led to wonder how fixed even these apparently secure points are.1 Son of a Cumbrian weaver who lived near Kendal… 
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