Article ID: CBB001212003

Green is the Colour: St. Petersburg's Chemical Laboratories and Competing Visions of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century (2013)

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Werrett, Simon (Author)


Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Volume: 60, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 122-138


Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Sites of Chemistry in the Eighteenth Century.”
Language: English

Histories of chemistry in eighteenth-century Russia have often ignored or downplayed the scientific character of chemical sites, treating the chemical laboratory of M.V. Lomonosov in St. Petersburg's Imperial Academy of Sciences as the definitive site of Russian chemistry. This essay surveys a variety of Russian medical, military, and academic institutions as chemical sites, and suggests that dividing them up as scientific or non-scientific sites, as Lomonosov sought to, is unhelpful, as many were integrated and engaged in connected enterprises. A case study then shows how the setting of Russian court society provoked competition within the network of Russian chemical sites. Competition led Lomonosov to urge a sharp division of labour between chemical artisanry and chemical science, forging a distinction that historians of Russian chemical sites have often reproduced subsequently.

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Description “Surveys a variety of Russian medical, military, and academic institutions as chemical sites, [showing] how the setting of Russian court society provoked competition [among them].” (from the abstract)


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Authors & Contributors
Sven Dupre
Werrett, Simon
Vogel, Jakob
Vardi, Itai
Tadday, Ronny
Smith-Doerr, Laurel
Journals
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Social Studies of Science
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Publishers
Nauka
Brill
Springer International
Concepts
Chemistry
Laboratories
Societies; institutions; academies
Geographical studies of science
Case studies
Research institutes; research stations
People
Scherer, Alexander Nicolaus
Rouelle, Guillaume-François
Peter I, the Great, Tsar of Russia
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Diderot, Denis
Carl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
17th century
Medieval
Places
Russia
St. Petersburg (Russia)
Germany
Antarctica
Madrid (Spain)
French Guiana
Institutions
Herzog August Bibliothek
St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences
Habsburg, House of
Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk
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