Book ID: CBB943313783

Up from Generality: How Inorganic Chemistry Finally Became a Respectable Field (2013)


Labinger, Jay A. (Author)

Springer Science + Business Media

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 79 pages
Language: English

In this brief, renowned inorganic chemist Jay Labinger tracks the development of his field from a forgotten specialism to the establishment of an independent, intellectually viable discipline. Inorganic chemistry, with a negation in its very name, was long regarded as that which was left behind when organic and physical chemistry emerged as specialist fields in the 19th century. Only by the middle of the 20th century had it begun to gain its current stature of equality to that of the other main branches of chemistry. The author discusses the evidence for this transition, both quantitative and anecdotal and includes consideration of the roles of local and personal factors, with particular focus on Caltech as an illustrative example. This brief is of interest both to historians of science and inorganic chemists who would like to find out how their field began.

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Review Pierre Teissier (2014) Review of "Up from Generality: How Inorganic Chemistry Finally Became a Respectable Field". Bulletin for the History of Chemistry (p. 173). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Pasachoff, Naomi
Manuel DeLanda
Opitz, Donald L.
Tiggelen, Brigitte van
Sigrist, René
Salvia, Stefano
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
The Chemical Educator
Science and Education
Bloomsbury Academic
University of Toronto
Discipline formation
Inorganic chemistry
Physical chemistry
Science education and teaching
Curie, Pierre
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Curie, family
Liveing, George Downing
Wohlwill, Emil
Wilkinson, Geoffrey
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
Great Britain
Heidelberg Universität
Universität Dorpat
University of Chicago

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