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Amedeo Avogadro: A Scientific Biography by M. Morselli

By M. Morselli

Quantum refert in quae tempora vel optimi cujusque virtus incidet. (From an architrave at the Palatine.) The heritage of the improvement of medical idea deals a number of examples of unconventional, puzzling and premature conjectures complicated via imprecise males. The molecular speculation set forth through Amedeo Avogadro in 1811 is this kind of. It used to be little spotted while proposed and it quickly fell into oblivion. even though a number of makes an attempt were made some time past 100 years to spot the most purposes for the forget and the indifference which surrounded the molecular speculation, little or no attempt has been dedicated to displaying how old conditions and Avogadro's personal character hindered the attractiveness of the strategies he had proposed. After part a century of excessive medical job, Avogadro passed on to the great beyond as little identified in Italy as in another country. He had few shut buddies and his own existence appeared headquartered on his huge kin and his paintings. outdoors this constrained circle, he shunned social engagements and highbrow contacts. this perspective could have been inspired by way of the political state of affairs in Piedmont, his local nation, which remained primarily adverse to highbrow task till 1840, wherein time Avogadro was once sixty-four. the one respite in Piedmont had come in the course of the short-lived Napoleonic regime; and relatively remarkably, the molecular speculation was once conceived and released on the very finish of this period.

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It was scarcely a place for independent and rebellious spirits. For the eighteen years which followed the armistice of Cherasco in April 1796 a state of almost complete upheaval prevailed over the entire educational system of Piedmont. The series of reforms and counter-reforms instituted during the French occupation and the short-lived Austrian-Russian occupation in 1799 had only deleterious consequences. The University of Turin, which had closed after the events of 1797, opened again in January 1798, and under a decree of reorganization promoted by the Jacobins Carlo Botta, and Carlo Cavalli, several chairs were abolished, including theology and canon law, in the latter of which Amedeo Avogadro had taken his degree only two years earlier, and chairs of chemistry and obstetrics were created.

19 (1976), 611-633. However, the Avogadro are not mentioned in this study. According to G. Bragagnolo [Torino nella storia del Piemonte, (UTET 1919) p. 64 J about twenty-five aristocratic families were deported to France, including the Avogadro di Casanova. 25. Antonio Manno in II Patriziato Italiano, vol. II, p. 130, indicates that Amedeo had four brothers (Giuseppe, professor of law at Turin, who died in 1842; Felice, who died in 1880, Luigi and Lorenzo, who died in 1882) and three sisters (Chiara, Orsola, and Maria).

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