Book ID: CBB000110566

Instruments and Experimentation in the History of Chemistry (2000)


Holmes, Frederic Lawrence (Editor)
Levere, Trevor H. (Editor)

The MIT Press

Publication Date: 2000
Physical Details: xxii +415 pp., illus., figs., tables, index
Language: English

Description Contents: Trevor H. Levere, Frederic L. Holmes, Introduction: A Practical Science. I The Practice of Alchemy; Robert G. Anderson, The Archaeology of Chemistry; William R. Newman, Alchemy, Assaying, and Experiment; Lawrence M. Principe, Apparatus and Reproduction in Alchemy. II From Hales to the Chemical Revolution; Maurice Crosland, “Slippery Substances”: Some Practical and Conceptual Problems in the Understanding of Gases in the Pre-Lavoisier Era; Trevor H. Levere, Measuring Gases and Measuring Goodness; Frederic L. Holmes, The Evolution of Lavoisier's Chemical Apparatus; Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, “The Chemist's Balance for Fluids”: Hydrometers and Their Multiple Identities, 1770-1810; Jan Golinski, “Fit Instruments”: Thermometers in Eighteenth-Century Chemistry; William A. Smeaton, Platinum and Ground Glass: Some Innovations in Chemical Apparatus by Guyton de Morveau and Others. III The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries; Melvyn C. Usselman, Multiple Combining Proportions: The Experimental Evidence; Alan J. Rocke, Organic Analysis in Comparative Perspective: Liebig, Dumas, and Berzelius, 1811-1837; Colin A. Russell, Chemical Techniques in a Preelectronic Age: The Remarkable Apparatus of Edward Frankland; Seymour H. Mauskopf, Bridging Chemistry and Physics in the Experimental Study of Gunpowder; Mary Jo Nye, Laboratory Practice and the Physical Chemistry of Michael Polanyi.

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Authors & Contributors
Beretta, Marco
Stanley, Matthew
Viel, Claude
Steinle, Friedrich
Steigerwald, Joan
Schickore, Jutta
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Oxford University Press
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft
University of Chicago Press
Science History Publications
Experiments and experimentation
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Laboratory techniques and procedures
Experimental method
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Mendeleev, Dmitri Ivanovich
d'Arcet, Jean
Göttling, Johann Friedrich August
Young, Arthur
Spallanzani, Lazzaro
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
17th century
21st century
16th century
Académie des Sciences, Paris
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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