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Thinking about Matter: Studies in the History of Chemical Philosophy
     

Thinking about Matter: Studies in the History of Chemical Philosophy

by John Hedley Brooke
 

ISBN-10: 0860784649

ISBN-13: 9780860784647

Pub. Date: 10/01/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In these articles Professor Brooke has aimed to expose and explore the many layers of philosophical debate that accompanied the development of chemistry in the 100 years from Priestley to Kekulé. During this period the foundations of our modern science were laid: Lavosier’s ’chemical revolution’, Dalton’s atomic theory, the

Overview

In these articles Professor Brooke has aimed to expose and explore the many layers of philosophical debate that accompanied the development of chemistry in the 100 years from Priestley to Kekulé. During this period the foundations of our modern science were laid: Lavosier’s ’chemical revolution’, Dalton’s atomic theory, the electrochemical concepts of Berzelius transformed the science, as did new ideas of valency and molecular structure. But it was also a period of intense controversy when chemists called each other brigands and assassins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860784647
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Series:
Variorum Collected Studies Series
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 5.91(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Chemists in their contexts: some recent trends in historiography; A sower went forth: Joseph Priestley and the ministry of reform; Davy’s chemical outlook: the acid test; The superiority of nature’s art? Vitalism, natural theology and the rise of organic chemistry; Wöhler’s urea and its vital force?-a verdict from the chemists; Berzelius, the dualistic hypothesis, and the rise of organic chemistry; Laurent, Gerhardt, and the philosophy of chemistry; Organic synthesis and the unification of chemistry-a reappraisal; Avogadro’s hypothesis and its fate: a case-study in the failure of case-studies; Doing down the Frenchies: how much credit should Kekulé have given?; Index.

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