Wilhelm Ostwald’s Energetics 1: Origins and Motivations

@article{Deltete2006WilhelmOE,
  title={Wilhelm Ostwald’s Energetics 1: Origins and Motivations},
  author={Robert Deltete},
  journal={Foundations of Chemistry},
  year={2006},
  volume={9},
  pages={3-56}
}
  • R. Deltete
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Philosophy
  • Foundations of Chemistry
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