By M. Morselli
Quantum refert in quae tempora vel optimi cujusque virtus incidet. (From an architrave at the Palatine.) The heritage of the advance of medical proposal deals a number of examples of unconventional, puzzling and premature conjectures complicated via vague males. The molecular speculation set forth via Amedeo Avogadro in 1811 is this type of. It was once little spotted while proposed and it quickly fell into oblivion. even supposing a variety of makes an attempt were made some time past 100 years to spot the most purposes for the overlook and the indifference which surrounded the molecular speculation, little or no attempt has been dedicated to displaying how ancient conditions and Avogadro's personal character hindered the recognition of the recommendations he had proposed. After part a century of severe clinical job, Avogadro gave up the ghost as little recognized in Italy as out of the country. He had few shut acquaintances and his own existence appeared established on his huge relations and his paintings. open air this restricted circle, he refrained from social engagements and highbrow contacts. this angle could have been inspired by way of the political state of affairs in Piedmont, his local state, which remained primarily antagonistic to highbrow job till 1840, wherein time Avogadro used to be sixty-four. the one respite in Piedmont had come throughout the short-lived Napoleonic regime; and really remarkably, the molecular speculation used to be conceived and released on the very finish of this period.
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40. Although of French extraction, Lagrange is considered Italian by the Italians who often spell his name Lagrangia. 41. See F. Cognasso, 'Le Scuole', in Storia del Piemonte, vol. 2 (Turin, 1960), p. 683. 42. See G. C. Faccio, 'Avogadro e Ie Scuole di Vercelli', in La Sesia, 18 March 1955. 43. According to J. R. Partington, History of Chemistry, vol. III (London, 1963), p. 495, de La Metherie had expressed the same view concerning oxygen in his 'Essai analytique sur l'air pur et les difrerentes especes d'air' (1785).
65 The students who were not arrested had to comply with extremely rigid disciplinary rules, including the notorious admittatur. 66 Typically, as a result of the renewed influence of the clergy on the court, special emphasis was given to the compliance with religious observances. Those who wished to remain at the University had to confess monthly, attend spiritual exercises, and be present at their parish functions, even during vacation. These sanctions, which were chiefly implemented in 1822, were followed by others: several chairs at the University of Turin were abolished by royal decree, including, on 24 July 1822, that of mathematical physics, which had been assigned to Amedeo Avogadro only twenty-four months earlier.
68. The original is in Avogadro's personal me. Archivio di Stato, Turin, 1821, Alta Polizia, Deliberazione Commissione Superiore di Scrutinio. 69. See D. , 19 (1976),611-633. 70. Vittorio Michelotti (1774-1842) was professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at Turin. 71. These were extensively abstracted in the Annales de Chimie of 1834 (respectively volume 55 and 57). 72. See Ann. Chimie, 73 (1840), and 3 (1841), 129. In 1866, H. Kopp reassessed these researches in terms more favorable to Avogadro.
Amedeo Avogadro: A Scientific Biography by M. Morselli