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Edward Frankland

Edward Frankland
Chemistry, Controversy and Conspiracy in Victorian England

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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545815

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  • This is the first scientific biography of Edward Frankland, probably the most eminent chemist of nineteenth century Britain. Frankland discovered the chemical bond and founded the science of organometallic chemistry. Recently, Professor Russell gained access to a vast collection of Frankland's private papers. This authoritative account discloses, among much else, a conspiracy of silence in the scientific community surrounding Frankland's origins as an illegitimate child. It will be of great interest to professional chemists, historians of science, and general readers concerned with the social fabric of Victorian England.

    • The historical development of fundamental ideas in chemistry
    • Historical drama of personal triumph over adversity of disadvantaged background
    • Important record of Victorian society and politics of science
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This throughly reserached, excellent biography of an underappreciated Victorian chemist draws on newly investigated papers of the chemist and his family....His [Russell] book is well illustrated, fully referenced and indexed....Strongly recommended." H. Goldwhite, Choice

    "Russell's thoroughly researched and meticulously documented book contains 52 illustrations and Frankland's original formulas along with their modern equivalents and it is methodically organized into numbered sections and subsections. He is completely objective and devoid of hero worship and states A biographer does no one a service by implying that his subject has no faults....We heartily recommend it to both historians of science and chemists interested in the development of their science." George B. Kauffman and Laura M. Kauffman

    "Russell's thoroughly researched and meticulously documented book contains 52 illustrations and Frankland's original formulas along with their modern equivalents, and it is methodically organized....His book considers in engrossing and fascinating detail every aspect of Frankland's life and career and is likely to prove to be a definitive biography. We heartily recommend it to both historians od science and chemists interested in the development of their science." George B. Kauffman and Laurie M. Kauffman, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed.Engi

    "Colin Russell's biography is significant.... Finally, on its considerable merits alone this is an important biography. It is comprehensive and well-written and reflects a lifetime's work on the life, science, and Victorian milieu of Edward Frankland." Christopher Ritter, Historical Studies in the Physical & Biological

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545815
    • length: 556 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 52 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Lancastrian inheritance
    2. The road to discovery
    3. Queenwood
    4. New worlds in Germany
    5. Fundamental discoveries in chemistry
    6. Frankland and the development of valency
    7. Manchester: 'The educational and commercial utility of chemistry'
    8. Return to the metropolis
    9. Advances in organic chemistry
    10. The communication of chemistry
    11. The X-Club and beyond
    12. Family: years of crisis
    13. The analysis of water supply
    14. 'The wildest parts of nature'
    15. Power
    16. Retirement years
    17. The last journey.

  • Author

    Colin A. Russell, The Open University, Milton Keynes

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