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A view of the chemical revolution through contemporary textbooks: Lavoisier, Fourcroy and Chaptal*

  • Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (a1)

Scientific textbooks are often said to deliver a stereotyped kind of knowledge, which conceals rather than reveals the real making of science. They may, however, alternatively be regarded as of peculiar interest for historians of science. An over-mechanical application of the Kuhnian concepts of ‘scientific revolution’ and ‘normal science’ can lead to the neglect of the internal dynamics of ‘normal science’. Scientific textbooks may provide a better understanding of the process of normalization in science.

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H. Metzger , ‘Introduction à I'étude du rôle de Lavoisier dans l'histoire de la chimie’, Archeion, (1932), 14, pp. 2150

W.A. Smeaton , Ambix, (1959), 7, pp. 4950

C.E. Perrin , ‘The Lavoisier-Bucquet collaboration: A Conjecture’, Ambix, (1989), 36, pp. 513.

I.B. Cohen , Revolution in Science, Cambridge, Mass., 1985.

H. Guerlac , ‘Chemistry as a branch of physics: Laplace's collaboration with Lavoisier’, Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences, (1976), 7, pp. 193276

A. Donovan , ‘Lavoisier and the origins of modern chemistry, Osiris, (1989), 4, pp. 214231.

H.E. Le Grand , ‘Theory and application: the early chemical work of J.A.C. Chaptal’, British Journal for the History of Science, (1984), 17, pp. 3146.

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