Vorlesungen uber naturphilosophie...

Leipzig: Von Vei, 1902. 4to. xiv, 457 pp. FIRST EDITION. Half calf and marbled boards, worn at edges and corners, spine label; marbled endpapers, first fly-leaf nearly detached, else a very good copy with an ownership signature dated January 1902 on the title page. Item #3534

First edition of a group of 221 lectures given during the summer of 1901 at the University of Leipzig on the philosophy of nature. In the course of a strenuous career, Wilhelm Ostwald (1853-1932), a pioneer of modern physical chemistry, published 45 books, over 500 articles, and about 5000 reviews. He also edited six scholarly journals, and organised the reprinting of a lengthy series of historic chemical papers. By his 50th birthday he had supervised 147 graduate students, 34 of whom became professors. He was honoured by over 60 universities and learned societies, and in 1909 won the Nobel prize for chemistry. Ostwald took an active interest in philosophical, social and political issues, and devoted much time and effort to the cause of world peace and international understanding.

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