Transforming Matter: A History of Chemistry from Alchemy to the Buckyball / Edition 1

Transforming Matter: A History of Chemistry from Alchemy to the Buckyball / Edition 1

by Trevor H. Levere
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801866103

ISBN-13: 9780801866104

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Chemistry explores the way atoms interact, the constitution of the stars, and the human genome. Knowledge of chemistry makes it possible for us to manufacture dyes and antibiotics, metallic alloys, and other materials that contribute to the necessities and luxuries of human life. In Transforming Matter, noted historian Trevor H. Levere emphasizes that

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Chemistry explores the way atoms interact, the constitution of the stars, and the human genome. Knowledge of chemistry makes it possible for us to manufacture dyes and antibiotics, metallic alloys, and other materials that contribute to the necessities and luxuries of human life. In Transforming Matter, noted historian Trevor H. Levere emphasizes that understanding the history of these developments helps us to appreciate the achievements of generations of chemists.

Levere examines the dynamic rise of chemistry from the study of alchemy in the seventeenth century to the development of organic and inorganic chemistry in the age of government-funded research and corporate giants. In the past two centuries, he points out, the number of known elements has quadrupled. And because of synthesis, chemistry has increasingly become a science that creates much of what it studies.

Throughout the book, Levere follows a number of recurring themes: theories about the elements, the need for classification, the status of chemical science, and the relationship between practice and theory. He illustrates these themes by concentrating on some of chemistry's most influential and innovative practitioners. Transforming Matter provides an accessible and clearly written introduction to the history of chemistry, telling the story of how the discipline has developed over the years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801866104
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Science
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Contents:



1 First Steps: From Alchemy to Chemistry?

2 Robert Boyle: Chemistry and Experiment

3 A German Story: What Burns, and How

4 An Enlightened Discipline: Chemistry as Science and Craft

5 Different Kinds of Air

6 Theory and Practice: The Tools of Revolution

7 Atoms and Elements

8 The Rise of Organic Chemistry

9 Atomic Weights Revisited

10 The Birth of the Teaching-Research Laboratory

11 Atoms in Space

12 Physical Chemistry

13 The Nature of the Chemical Bond

14 Conclusion: Where Now, and Where Next? New Frontiers

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