© 1992

The History of Chemistry


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Hudson
    Pages 1-15
  3. John Hudson
    Pages 16-34
  4. John Hudson
    Pages 35-46
  5. John Hudson
    Pages 47-60
  6. John Hudson
    Pages 77-91
  7. John Hudson
    Pages 104-121
  8. John Hudson
    Pages 122-137
  9. John Hudson
    Pages 138-159
  10. John Hudson
    Pages 187-201
  11. John Hudson
    Pages 202-227
  12. John Hudson
    Pages 228-243
  13. John Hudson
    Pages 244-259
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 260-285

About this book


This book is written as a result of a personal conviction of the value of incorporating historical material into the teaching of chemistry, both at school and undergraduate level. Indeed, it is highly desirable that an undergraduate course in chemistry incorporates a separate module on the history of chemistry. This book is therefore aimed at teachers and students of chemistry, and it will also appeal to practising chemists. While the last 25 years has seen the appearance of a large number of specialist scholarly publications on the history of chemistry, there has been little written in the way of an introductory overview of the subject. This book fills that gap. It incorporates some of the results of recent research, and the text is illustrated throughout. Clearly, a book of this length has to be highly selective in its coverage, but it describes the themes and personalities which in the author's opinion have been of greatest importance in the development of the subject. The famous American historian of science, Henry Guerlac, wrote: 'It is the central business of the historian of science to reconstruct the story of the acquisition of this knowledge and the refinement of its method or methods, and-perhaps above all-to study science as a human activity and learn how it arose, how it developed and expanded, and how it has influenced or been influenced by man's material, intellectual, and even spiritual aspirations' (Guerlac, 1977). This book attempts to describe the development of chemistry in these terms.


alchemy chemistry development history of chemistry influence inorganic chemistry science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Anglia Polytechnic UniversityCambridgeUK

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