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Justus von Liebig : the chemical gatekeeper

Author: W H Brock
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the founding fathers of organic chemistry and also a great teacher, the German scientist Justus von Liebig transformed scientific education, medical practice, and agricultural in Great Britain. William H. Brock's fresh interpretation of Liebig's stormy career shows how he moved chemistry into the sociopolitical marketplace, demonstrating its significance for society in food production, nutrition, and public
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Justus Liebig, Freiherr von; Justus von Liebig; Justus Liebig
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W H Brock
ISBN: 0521562244 9780521562249
OCLC Number: 34849956
Description: xiv, 374 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: William H. Brock.
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One of the founding fathers of organic chemistry and also a great teacher, the German scientist Justus von Liebig transformed scientific education, medical practice, and agricultural in Great Britain. William H. Brock's fresh interpretation of Liebig's stormy career shows how he moved chemistry into the sociopolitical marketplace, demonstrating its significance for society in food production, nutrition, and public health. Through his controversial ideas on artificial fertilizers and recycling, his theory of disease, and his stimulating suggestions concerning food and nutrition, he warned the world of the dangers of failing to recycle sewage or to replace soil nutrients.

Liebig also played the role of an elder statesman of European science by commenting, via popular lectures and expansions of his readable Chemical Letters, on such issues as scientific methodology and materialism. This is the first English biography of Justus von Liebig (1803-73) since 1901.

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