

(L. and F. fluere, flow or flux) In 1529, Georigius Agricola described the use offluorspar as a flux, and as early as 1670 Schwandhard found that glass was etched whenexposed to fluorspar treated with acid. Scheele and many later investigators, includingDavy, GayLussac, Lavoisier, and Thenard, experimented with hydrofluoric acid, someexperiments ending in tragedy.
The element was finally isolated in 1866 by Moissan after nearly 74 years of continuouseffort.
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'Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.'
Bertrand Russell
(18721970)