The Chemical Tree

A History of Chemistry

William H. Brock (Author, University of Leicester)

Overview | Inside the Book

From alchemy to industry, a synthetic history of chemistry through the ages.

In this authoritative volume, a New York Times Notable Book of 1993, scientific researcher and historian William Brock recounts the astonishing rise of a sophisticated science. Tracing the roots of chemistry back to the alchemists' futile attempts to turn lead into gold, he follows the emergence of the modern study of chemistry through the works of Boyle, Lavoisier, and Dalton, and the twentieth-century breakthroughs of Linus Pauling and others. This timely, comprehensive history examines the shifting conceptions of chemistry over the past centuries--from its development as a scientific philosophy to, more recently, its practical applications in the commercial, industrial arena. Originally published under the title The Norton History of Chemistry.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2000
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32068-8
  • 6.1 × 9.2 in / 784 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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