24 February 1810: Death of Henry Cavendish, English Natural Philosopher

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Henry Cavendish. During the 18th century he conducted a series of highly accurate experiments, in chemistry and physics, leading to discoveries such as hydrogen and the density of the Earth.

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Hydrogen

Discovered by Henry Cavendish in 1766, hydrogen is the lightest and most abundant of the chemical elements. In the first of a series of articles about the Elements of the Periodic Table, I set out to investigate the essential facts, history and uses of hydrogen.

On the way I look at hydrogen’s stable and

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