Science: Bacon's Salts

Five years ago, the late Dr. William Romaine Newbold, University of Pennsylvania linguist and philosopher, declared that he had deciphered the crabbed symbols in which Roger Bacon, fearing for his life in the superstitious 13th Century, noted down his scientific experiments. Last week, at a meeting held in Dr. Newbold's memory, University of Pennsylvania professors verified their dead colleague's translations. A chemist in their number, Dr. Hiram S. Lukens, had taken to his laboratory a quaint recipe by which Friar Bacon had said he obtained salts of copper. Dr. Lukens had never seen...

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