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Affinity, that elusive dream : a genealogy of the chemical revolution

Author: Mi Gyung Kim
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003.
Series: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Kim explores the history of chemical affinity, arguing that Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier's modern nomenclature and text actually changed it from an art to a public science. She explores crucial shifts in analytical methods, instruction, and research, especially the prior work of less famous French chemists, physicians, and apothecaries. Her main historiographical treatment is the reconstruction of French theoretical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mi Gyung Kim
ISBN: 0262112736 9780262112734 9780262612234 0262612232
OCLC Number: 50478456
Description: xii, 599 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The space of chemical theory --
A theoretical moment --
Affinity --
Chemistry in the public sphere --
A Newtonian dream in the province --
An instrumental turn --
A community of opinions --
The next frontier --
Epilogue: A tale of three fathers.
Series Title: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Responsibility: Mi Gyung Kim.

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A reexamination of the eighteenth-century Chemical Revolution that gives proper due to the concept of chemical affinity.  Read more...

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...the argument is one of engrossing subtlety... -- Robert Fox * The Times Higher Education Supplement *

 
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