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The last sorcerers : the path from alchemy to the periodic table

Author: Richard Morris
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, ©2003.
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Depicting the lively careers of early scientists and their contributions in the 18th century, Morris skillfully brings the history of chemistry to life. He has been hailed by "Kirkus Reviews" as a "clear and lively writer with a penchant for down-to-earth examples."

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What we now call chemistry began in the fiery cauldrons of sorcerers seeking not to make a better world through science, but rather to make themselves richer through magic formulas and con games. Yet among these early frauds were a few far-seeing "alchemists" who used the trial and error of rigorous experimentation to transform mysticism into science. Others would come along-including the great Antoine Lavoisier and Dimitri Mendeleev-who carefully examined, measured, and recorded their findings. These visionaries brought order to the chemical sciences and finally gave birth to the first Periodic Table in the late 1800s. But between and after Lavoisier and Mendeleev were a host of other colorful, brilliant scientists who made their mark on the field of chemistry. Taking a cue from the great chemists themselves, Morris has brewed up a potent combination of the alluringly obscure and the historically momentous, spiked with just the right dose of quirky and ribald detail to deliver a magical brew of history, science, and personalities.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Morris, Richard, 1939-
Last sorcerers.
Washington, D.C. : Joseph Henry Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2003014790
(OCoLC)52559068
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Morris
ISBN: 0309505933 9780309505932 0309089050 9780309089050
OCLC Number: 53987497
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 282 pages)
Contents: 1. The four elements --
2. Prelude to the birth of chemistry --
3. The sceptical chymist --
4. The discovery of the elements --
5. A nail for the coffin --
6. "Only an instant to cut off that head" --
7. The atom --
8. Problems with atoms --
9. The periodic law --
10. Deciphering the atom --
Epilogue: Continuing the search.
Responsibility: Richard Morris.

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Those who could see further, those who understood that the four were just the beginning, were the last sorcerers - and the world's first chemists. This book depicts the lively careers of these  Read more...

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