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The 1702 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge
Transformation and Change

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Kevin Knox, Simon Schaffer, Larry Stewart, Colin Russell, Christopher Haley, Peter Wothers, Melvyn Usselman, William Brock, John Shorter, Arnold Thackray, Mary Ellen Bowden, James Baddiley, Daniel M. Brown, Bill Nolan, Dudley Williams, Robert Ramage, Alan Battersby, Steven Ley
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  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030854

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  • The University of Cambridge's 1702 chair of chemistry is the oldest continuously occupied chair of chemistry in Britain. This book's descriptions of the lives and work of the 1702 chairholders over the past three hundred years paint a vivid picture of chemistry being slowly transformed from alchemy into a major academic discipline. Containing personal memoirs and historical essays by acknowledged experts, this book will engage all readers interested in the pivotal role chemistry has played in the making of the modern world.

    • Traces the history and evolution of chemistry over the past 300 years through the lives and work of successive chairholders of the 1702 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge
    • Illustrates the astonishing reach and diversity of chemistry past and present
    • Each chapter written by the chairholder himself or an acknowledged authority
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    "An important archive for Cambridge, the book should be in research libraries serving historians of science, chemistry, and education for the 300-year period. Highly recommended." CHOICE

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    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030854
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.485kg
    • contains: 92 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Holders of the 1702 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge
    Illustration acknowledgements
    1. 'The deplorable frenzy': the slow legitimisation of chemical practice at Cambridge University Kevin Knox
    2. Vigani and after: chemical enterprise in Cambridge 1680–1780 Simon Schaffer and Larry Stewart
    3. Richard Watson: gaiters and gunpowder Colin Russell
    4. Lavoisier's chemistry comes to Cambridge Christopher Haley and Peter Wothers
    5. Smithson Tennant: the innovative and eccentric eighth professor of chemistry Melvyn Usselman
    6. Coming and going: the fitful career of James Cumming William Brock
    7. Chemistry at Cambridge under George Downing Liveing John Shorter
    8. The rise and fall of the 'Papal State' Arnold Thackray and Mary Ellen Bowden
    9. Alexander Todd: a new direction in organic chemistry James Baddiley and Daniel M. Brown
    10. Ralph Alexander Raphael: organic synthesis - elegance, efficiency and the unexpected Bill Nolan, Dudley Williams and Robert Ramage
    11. Discovering the wonders of how nature builds its molecules Alan Battersby
    12. Chemistry in a changing world: new tools for the modern molecule maker Steven Ley
    Index.

  • Editors

    Mary D. Archer, University of Cambridge
    Mary Archer is a former Fellow and Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. She currently sits on the Chemistry Advisory Board and chaired the Tercentenary Steering Group in the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge.

    Christopher D. Haley, University of Cambridge
    Christopher Haley was formerly Archivist and Historian of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

    Contributors

    Kevin Knox, Simon Schaffer, Larry Stewart, Colin Russell, Christopher Haley, Peter Wothers, Melvyn Usselman, William Brock, John Shorter, Arnold Thackray, Mary Ellen Bowden, James Baddiley, Daniel M. Brown, Bill Nolan, Dudley Williams, Robert Ramage, Alan Battersby, Steven Ley

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