Kerosene oil has been the subject of investigation for a number of years, and with the result of improved processes in refining and an illuminant which fulfills a definite need quite satisfactorily. But these investigations have been conducted almost wholly from the point of view of the chemist. This is really not surprising when the complex character of the oils and the necessarily very complex character of the chemical changes in the burning flame are considered. To secure any practical results by physical methods seems at first sight to be hopeless, for does not the illuminating power of the oils depend upon the constituents, and how is it possible to obtain any information save by means of a knowledge of these compounds? Yet the investigations concerning which this note is presented have given definite results, and assure us that a further investigation along physical lines is highly desirable.
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Stewart, G. W.
"Concerning a Study of Kerosene Oils by Physical Methods,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 17(1), 181-183.
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