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"Chemistry is not just what chemists do; it is also and preeminently the science of material substances. In this important and novel book, Klein and Lefèvre explore the history of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century chemistry through three interwoven themes: what materials were ontologically, how they were classified, and how chemistry developed as the science of materials. They do all this with careful attention to language, teaching, and laboratory practice, and in the process broaden and enrich our understanding of chemistry before Lavoisier. That understanding leads in turn to a nuanced revisionist account of the chemical revolution and demonstrates the extent to which change was indebted to continuity."
Trevor Levere, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology,
University of Toronto
The MIT Press