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Instruments and experimentation in the history of chemistry

Author: Frederic Lawrence Holmes; Trevor Harvey Levere
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2000.
Series: Dibner Institute studies in the history of science and technology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This volume moves chemical instruments and experiments into the foreground of historical concern, in line with the emphasis on practice that characterizes current work on other fields of science and engineering. From the days of the alchemists through the creation of the modern laboratory, chemistry has been defined by its instruments and experimental techniques. Historians, however, have tended to focus on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frederic Lawrence Holmes; Trevor Harvey Levere
ISBN: 0262082829 9780262082822
OCLC Number: 40964811
Description: xxi, 415 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Archaeology of chemistry / Robert G.W. Anderson --
Alchemy, assaying, and experiment / William R. Newman --
Apparatus and reproducibility in alchemy / Lawrence M. Principe --
"Slippery substances" : some practical and conceptual problems in the understanding of gases in the pre-Lavoisier era / Maurice Crosland --
Measuring gases and measuring goodness / Trevor H. Levere --
Evolution of Lavoisier's chemical apparatus / Frederic L. Holmes --
"Chemist's balance for fluids" : hydrometers and their multiple identities, 1770-1810 / Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent --
"Fit instruments" : thermometers in eighteenth-century chemistry / Jan Golinski --
Platinum and ground glass : some innovations in chemical apparatus by Guyton de Morveau and others / William A. Smeaton --
Multiple combining proportions : the experimental evidence / Melvyn C. Usselman --
Organic analysis in comparative perspective : Liebig, Dumas, and Berzelius, 1811-1837 / Alan J. Rocke --
Chemical techniques in a preelectronic age : the remarkable apparatus of Edward Frankland / Colin A. Russell --
Bridging chemistry and physics in the experimental study of gunpowder / Seymour H. Mauskopf --
Laboratory practice and the physical chemistry of Michael Polanyi / Mary Jo Nye.
Series Title: Dibner Institute studies in the history of science and technology.
Responsibility: edited by Frederic L. Holmes and Trevor H. Levere.

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