The assumption frequently appears in chemical literature that elements at the moment of being set free from their compounds exhibit properties which the same elements do not ordinarily possess. This alleged specific condition is designated as the "nascent state" or status nascendi. The hypothesis of such a condition dates back to the time when the dualistic theory held sway and, so far as I am aware, has not been subjected to criticism in the light of modern views.
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"On the Assumption of a Special "Nascent State","
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