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Transforming matter : a history of chemistry from alchemy to the buckyball

Author: Trevor Harvey Levere
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
Series: Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science.
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"Chemistry explores the way atoms interact, the constitution of the stars, and the human genome. Knowledge of chemistry makes it possible for us to manufacture dyes and antibiotics, metallic alloys, and other materials that contribute to the necessities and luxuries of human life. In Transforming Matter, noted historian Trevor H. Levere emphasizes that understanding the history of these developments helps us to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Levere, Trevor Harvey.
Transforming matter.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
(OCoLC)606493838
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Trevor Harvey Levere
ISBN: 080186609X 9780801866098 0801866103 9780801866104
OCLC Number: 45094008
Description: x, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: First steps: from alchemy to chemistry? --
Robert Boyle: chemistry and experiment --
A German story: what burns, and how --
An enlightened discipline: chemistry as science and craft --
Different kinds of air --
Theory and practice: the tools of revolution --
Atoms and elements --
The rise of organic chemistry --
Atomic weights revisited --
The birth of the teaching-research laboratory --
Atoms in space --
Physical chemistry: a discipline comes of age --
The nature of the chemical bond --
Where now, and where next? new frontiers --
Suggested further reading.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science.
Responsibility: Trevor H. Levere.
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In this text, historian Trevor H. Levere emphasizes that understanding the history of the varied developments in chemistry helps us to appreciate the achievements of generations of chemists. He  Read more...

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Clearly written tour of history of chemistry

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This book was highly recommended by scholars when it came out as a well-written and accurate history of chemistry, and I feel that it lived up to its recommendation. The writing is clear enough so that someone such as I (who has nearly no chemical training) can understand it, but thorough enough that...
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