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Enlightenment Science in the Romantic Era

Enlightenment Science in the Romantic Era
The Chemistry of Berzelius and its Cultural Setting


  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521531245

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  • Jacob Berzelius (1779–1848), one of the world's leading scientists in the first half of the nineteenth century, dominated the field of chemistry, animated the cultural life of his native Sweden, and served for three decades as perpetual secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Despite his immense stature, modern studies have underestimated his significance. This volume remedies the scarcity of accessible, modern assessments of Berzelius by bringing to a broad audience the results of recent scholarship, and it offers an enhanced assessment of his originality and influence.

    • Offers an enhanced assessment of his originality and influence
    • The subject of this volume, Jacob Berzelius, is one of Sweden's cultural heroes
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    'This collection of essays helps us considerably to see Berzelius's life and work in depth and in perspective.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521531245
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Berzelius and his time
    2. 'Truth, The Angel of Light': Berzelius, Agardh and Hwasser
    3. Berzelius and the atomic theory: the intellectual background
    4. Berzelius, Dalton and the chemical atom
    5. Berzelius's animal chemistry: from physiology to organic chemisty, 1805–1814
    6. Novelty and tradition in the chemistry of Berzelius (1803–1819)
    7. Berzelius as godfather of isomorphism
    8. Berzelius, the dualistic hypothesis, and the rise of organic chemistry
    9. Berzelius as a European traveller
    A selected bibliography

  • Editors

    Evan M. Melhado, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Tore Frdngsmyr, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

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