I praise my bountiful God, who hath called me into the Art of the fire, out of the dregs of other professions. For truly Chymistry... prepares the understanding to pierce the secrets of nature, and causeth a further searching out in nature, than all other Sciences being put together: and it pierceth even unto the utmost of real truth.
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For want of a name, I have called that vapour Gas, being not far severed from the chaos of the auntients. In the meantime it is sufficient for me to know that gas is a far more subtile or fine thing than a vapour, mist, or distilled oylinesse, although, as yet, it may be many times thicker than air.
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