Category Archives: mercury

Anschütz’s manometer

Several years ago Alfred Bader, the founder of the Aldrich Chemical Company, who is also known for his interest in Dutch painting introduced me to the name of Richard Anschütz, a late 19th century organic chemist who was August Kékulé’s … Continue reading

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Herbert McLeod and his gauge

When I first started writing the Classic Kit column I knew that the McLeod gauge was something that needed writing about. I mentioned it in passing in an earlier column on Sprengel but at the time I couldn’t find out … Continue reading

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Elements and the Amazing MBH Laser installation

I should have posted something after Elements – Kill or Cure but am only getting around to it now. In fact, I am only getting over it now. An amazing event with some 1600 people turning up and enjoying themselves … Continue reading

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Amalgamating gold for real

Before anyone writes in and tells me that I’m only concerned with the simple beauty of the process, let me draw your attention to two videos that show how you can use mercury to extract and purify gold and silver. … Continue reading

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