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What History Tells Us about the Distinct Nature of Chemistry (2017)


Attention to the history of chemistry can help us recognise the characteristics of chemistry that have helped to maintain it as a separate scientific discipline with a unique identity. Three such features are highlighted in this paper. First, chemistry has maintained a distinct type of theoretical thinking, independent from that of physics even in the era of quantum chemistry. Second, chemical research has always been shaped by its ineliminable practical relevance and usefulness. Third, the lived experience of chemistry, spanning the laboratory, the classroom and everyday life, is distinctive in its multidimensional sensuousness. Furthermore, I argue that the combination of these three features makes chemistry an exemplary science.

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Article Jennifer M. Rampling (2017) The Future of the History of Chemistry. Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (pp. 295-300). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Dennis, David Brandon
Pisano, Jessica M.
Lawson, R. A.
Knowles, Scott
Weldon, Stephen P.
Somsen, Geert J.
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft
History of science, as a discipline
Discipline formation
Science education and teaching
Sarton, George
Rouelle, Guillaume-François
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Diderot, Denis
Davy, Humphry
Conant, James Bryant
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century, late
Great Britain
Leipzig (Germany)
United States
Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV)
Universität Leipzig
Cambridge University

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