A Chemical History Tour: Picturing Chemistry from Alchemy to Modern Molecular Science

A Chemical History Tour: Picturing Chemistry from Alchemy to Modern Molecular Science

By: Arthur Greenberg (author)Hardback

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Praise for A Chemical History Tour: Picturing Chemistry from Alchemy to Modern Molecular Science ..."With the original and often startling images of chemistry, Arthur Greenberg makes the history of science come to life. A remarkable, witty book!" ---- Roald Hoffmann, PhD, Nobel Laureate "Chemistry has perhaps the most intricate, most fascinating, and certainly most romantic history of all the sciences. Arthur Greenberg's A Chemical History Tour: Picturing Chemistry from Alchemy to Modern Molecular Science provides an entirely new sort of history, a dramatic journey in which he transports us through more than a hundred scenes or episodes from the earliest beginnings of alchemy to the latest in quantum mechanics and transmutation. Dr. Greenberg's essays----delightful, learned, quirky, highly personal, and richly illustrated with contemporary drawings (many of great rarity and beauty)----provide a kaleidoscope of intellectual landscapes, bringing the experiments, the ideas, and the human figures of chemistry's past intensely alive." ---- Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings About the cover art ...The artwork on the cover of this book is from an egg tempera painting (original in full color; author's private collection) signed in 1845 and is a version of a 17th century work by David Teniers the Younger (J. Read, Prelude to Chemistry, The MacMillan Co., New York, Plate 29; J. Read, The Alchemist in Life, Literature, and Art, Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., London, 1947, Plate 21 and pp. 72--79). It has some mischief in it: the leg of the table has a mouth and an eye reminiscent of a tortoise or dragon----both potent chemical symbols. The painting is signed "las voy" ("les noy" or similar) with some symbols and we do not know the identity of the artist. To view the artwork within the book, visit us at: www wiley.com/chemicalhistory

About Author

ARTHUR GREENBERG, PhD, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946 and obtained his PhD in chemistry from Princeton University in 1971. He is presently Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Partial table of contents: PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY, MINING, AND METALLURGY; What Fresh Hell Is This?; The Essence of Matter: Four Elements (or Five); Three Principles (or Two); or Three Subatomic Particles (or More); Practical Chemistry: Mining, Assaying, and Refining; SPIRITUAL AND ALLEGORICAL ALCHEMY; The Philosopher's Stone Can No Longer Be Protected By Patent; The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine. First Key: The Wolf of Metals and the Impure King; What Is Wrong with this Picture?; Protecting the Roman Empire's Currency from the Black Art; The Wordless Book; IATROCHEMISTRY AND SPAGYRICALL PREPARATIONS; Paracelsus; The Dream Team of Alchemy; Distillation By Fire, Hot Water, Sand, or Steamed Boar Dung; CHEMISTRY BEGINS TO EMERGE AS A SCIENCE; The First Ten-Pound Chemistry Text; A Salty Conversation; The Alchemist in the Pit of My Stomach; Black's Magic; Cavendish Weighed the Earth but Thought He Had Captured Phlogiston in a Bottle; Saltpetre, Abigail. Pins, John; MODERN CHEMISTRY IS BORN; Fire Air (Oxygen): Who Knew What and When Did They Know It?; Nice to His Mice; Chemistry in the Barrel of a Gun; A Boring Experiment; Was Avogadro's Hypothesis a Premature Discovery?; Chemistry Is Not Applied Physics; CHEMISTRY BEGINS TO SPECIALIZE AND HELPS FARMING AND INDUSTRY; The Electric Scalpel; Chemical Scalpels Through the Ages; Taming The Primeval Forest; The Atomic Weight of Carbon and Related Confusions; The People's Chemistry; Ink from Peanuts and the Finest Sugar in the South; TEACHING CHEMISTRY TO THE MASSES; Michael Faraday's First Chemistry Teacher; "Chemistry No Mystery"; Molecular Mechanics In The Year 1866; THE APPROACH TO MODERN VIEWS OF CHEMICAL BONDING; Riding Pegasus to Visit Chemistry in Space; Is the Archeus a Southpaw?; X-Rays Measure the Distances Between Atoms or Ions; Where Did We Dig Up The Mole?; Nanoscopic "Heavens"; Moving Matter Atom-By-Atom; POST-SCRIPT; Ending In Imagery; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780471354086
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780471354086
  • weight: 1006
  • ISBN10: 0471354082

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