Chemical Sciences in the 20th Century. Bridging Boundaries

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  • 297 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Chemistry in the last century was characterized by spectacular growth and advances, stimulated by revolutionary theories and experimental breakthroughs. Yet, despite this rapid development, the history of this scientific discipline has achieved only recently the status necessary to understand the effects of chemistry on the scientific and technological

culture of the modern world.

This book addresses the bridging of boundaries between chemistry and the other "classical" disciplines of science, physics and biology as well as the connections of chemistry to

mathematics and technology.

Chemical research is represented as an interconnected patchwork of scientific specialties, and this is shown by a mixture of case studies and broader overviews on the history of organic chemistry, theoretical chemistry, nuclear– and cosmochemistry, solid state chemistry, and biotechnology. All of these fields were at the center of the development of twentieth century chemistry, and the authors cover crucial topics such as the emergence of new subdisciplines and

research fields, the science–technology relationship, and national styles of scientific work.

This monograph represents a unique treasure trove for general historians and historians of science, while also appealing to

those interested in the theoretical background and development of modern chemistry.
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From Genetics to Biochemistry. The Experimental Design of Alfred Kühn′s Ephestia System

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The Discovery of New Elements and the Boundary between Physics and Chemistry in the 1920s and 1930s

The Search for Artificial Elements and the Discovery of Nuclear Fission

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The New Science of Materials: A Composite Field of Research

Polymer Science: From Chemistry to an Interdisciplinary Science

At the Boundaries: Michael Polany′s Work on Surfaces and the Solid State


The History of Organic Chemistry
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Carsten Reinhardt
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