Excerpt from Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 37: From May, 1901, to May, 1902
Compressibility is a universal property of matter. It is so essential an attribute of the experimental universe that it is ascribed even to the imponderable and imagin... ary ether as well as to material. The three states of matter are compressible in very varying degrees, dilute gases being compressible to a great extent, highly compressed gases and liquids to a far less extent, and solids to an extent usually even less than liquids. The first case has been studied in great detail, the last two scarcely at all.
Compressibility is simply an evidence of work done upon a system by a given pressure. If the application of considerable pressure in a system causes only a slight change of volume, it is evident that there must be other powerful in¿uences at work. Clearly a clue as to the variation in these in¿uences can be found in the quantitative study of the phenomena.
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