The Development of Plastics brings together fascinating papers focusing on the historical development of synthetic materials. Based at the Science Museum in London, Susan Mossman and Peter Morris call upon their combined background in the history of plastics, chemistry, and archaeology in editing this publication. The Development of Plastics presents a unique pooling of knowledge and experience in a revealing study of materials which affect our daily lives, and the origins of which are deeply influenced by complex social and political factors. Technical, scientific, cultural, and art historical perspectives are all brought to bear on the subject, leading to the questioning of myths in polymer history. Previously unpublished archive material sheds new light on crucial moments in the chemical development of plastics, from the semi-synthetic materials of the Victorian era to the plastics developed during and after World War II. This book is recommended reading for polymer and materials chemists, as well as historians of science and technology, and will furnish them with a broad understanding of the historical, economic, and political context within which these important and expanding areas of chemistry have grown, and indeed thrive today.
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Table of Contents
Introduction; Victorian Plastics - Foundations of an Industry; Parkesine and Celluloid; Britain and the Bakelite Revolution; Materia Nova: Plastics and Design in the U.S., 1925-1935; Synthetic Rubber: Autarky and War; Polythene: The Early Years; Plastics and Prosperity, 1945-1970; Versatility of Acrylics, 1934-1980; Fibre Reinforced Composites; Subject Index.