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Inventing Chemistry : Herman Boerhaave and the Reform of the Chemical Arts (Reprint) (Paperback) (John

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In Inventing Chemistry, historian John C. Powers turns his attention to Herman Boerhaave (1668–1738), a Dutch medical and chemical professor whose work reached a wide, educated audience and became the template for chemical knowledge in the eighteenth century. The primary focus of this study is Boerhaave’s educational philosophy, and Powers traces its development from Boerhaave’s early days as a student in Leiden through his publication of theElementa chemiae in 1732. Powers reveals how Boerhaave restructured and reinterpreted various practices from diverse chemical traditions—including craft chemistry, Paracelsian medical chemistry, and alchemy—shaping them into a chemical course that conformed to the pedagogical and philosophical norms of Leiden’s medical faculty. In doing so, Boerhaave gave his chemistry a coherent organizational structure and philosophical foundation and thus transformed an artisanal practice into an academic discipline.Inventing Chemistry will be essential reading for historians of chemistry, medicine, and academic life.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 268
Genre: Science, History
Sub-Genre: Chemistry / General, Europe / General, History
Series Title: Synthesis
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: John C. Powers
Language: English
Street Date: March 7, 2016
TCIN: 51260811
UPC: 9780226380360
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-3728
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