Adopting a unique approach to the study of the scientific and chemical revolutions, and to early modern chemical thought and practice in particular, the author challenges the standard revolution-centered history of early modern science, and reinterprets the rise of chemistry as an independent discipline in the long eighteenth century.
About the Author
Victor D. Boantza is a professor in the History of Science and Technology Program at the University of Minnesota, USA.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I Chymistry in the Scientific Revolution: Duclos and Chymistry at the Early Académie des Sciences: Duclos reads Boyle; Fire, alkahest, and elements; From cohesion to gravity; Interlude: the crisis of inter-revolutionary chemistry. Part II Chemistry in the Chemical Revolution: Priestley’s search for airs and ideas; Pneumatic metaphysics: Scheele, Crawford, and Kirwan; Operational uniformity and a ’false shew of simplicity’; 'Laws of another order': concluding remarks; Bibliography; Index.