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MISES, Dr. pseudonym for FECHNER, Theodor Gustav.
Beweis, dass der Mond aus Jodine bestehe.
Germanien [i. e., Penig, Dietze], 5821 [i. e. 1821]. FIRST EDITION. 12mo, pp. 47; title with restoration along inner margin, pp. 15/16 with expertly restored tear; clean and fresh in the original dark brown printed wrappers. Rare first edition of this scientific-philosophical satire, Proof that the Moon is composed of Iodine, the first work by the student of medicine at Leipzig University, Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887). 'Dr Mises' lampoons the materialist and mechanistic teachings in medicine and pharmacology exemplified by the recently popularized medicine iodine (the element having been discovered by Bernard Courtois in 1811; both Humphry Davy and Gay-Lussac had researched and published its properties), which will sooner or later be used as panacea against a whole range of different diseases. Fechner then with syllogisms and logic tricks manages to 'prove' that the moon must consist of iodine, which guarantees an almost unlimited supply of the new miracle medicine. Fechner was later to become one of the exponents of Naturphilosopie and professor of physics. Philosophically he was influenced by the early 'romantic' Hegel, Schelling, Lorenz Oken and Steffens and criticized materialism in the sciences and sought to infuse psychology and spirituality into natural history, biology and physics. OCLC locates two copies in America, at Yale and in Wisconsin. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Pickering & Chatto [London, United Kingdom]
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