On the history and prehistory of CO 2

Foundations of Chemistry 12 (2):137-148 (2010)
I will trace the little known prehistory and parts of the better known history of CO 2 by investigating some of the names it has been given from Antiquity to the present day. In Antiquity, the words pneuma or spiritus letalis designated both a supernatural force and an exhalation that emanated from certain caves. We will see how CO 2 gradually came to be regarded as something natural, a gas and then substance
Keywords Carbon dioxide  Gas  History of science  History of religion  Global warming  Greenhouse gas
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