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Title:
Chemistry, the birth of a science
Author:
McGowen, Tom.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, 1989.
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Follows the early history of chemistry, from the time of the ancient world to the creation of modern chemistry in the late eighteenth century.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531108048
Format :
Book

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Follows the early history of chemistry, from the time of the ancient world to the creation of modern chemistry in the late eighteenth century.


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Gr 6-12 --McGowen explains the evolution of thought about how substances interact from the early Greeks through alchemy to the early modern thinkers--Boyle, Cavendish, and Lavoisier. The book emphasizes that the evolution in experimental thought over the centuries made scientific discoveries possible which were impossible using the other modes of thought. Ideas changded as they were translated from one language (and culture) to another. This is especially brought out in the chapter on alchemy, which shows that mistranslations sometimes changed concepts from science to sorcery. Both the contributions and the trickery of this stage of scientific evolution are balanced in their discussion. The black-and-white illustrations are mostly portraits. An illustration of Mendeleev's periodic table is included, although there is no discussion of periodicity of chemical properties or of Mendeleev. This is a minor flaw in an otherwise exceptionally well-written science history. Young people reading this book will receive a good introduction to the evolution of scientific thought and the dependence of scientists upon one another's work. --Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.