Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:20:39 -0700
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From: "Latimer, Lee" <Lee.Latimer**At_Symbol_Here**ELAN.COM>
Subject: Re: Any Good Chem History Books
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Many good books mentioned in this string that I haven't heard of.
Thanks, all.

For my contribution there are the following ones at the bottom (a bit
biased toward my favorite field of organic), but first a particular
comment on a favorite.  Often we are looking for that succinct vignette
to make a point or enlighten the start of a lecture on a part of
chemistry.  One text that I have enjoyed since I was an undergrad is one
I happened onto in a used book store in Harvard Sq.: Carl Noller's
"Chemistry of Organic Compounds", Saunders, 1965.  It has numerous
little asides to brighten up the text with real world connections.


"Organic Chemistry in the United States, 1875-1955" by D.S. Tarbell and
T. Tarbell.

"Perspectives in Organic Chemistry" by Sir Alexander Todd (later, Lord
Todd) from the early '50's where R.B. Woodward says that IR is the most
useful instrument for organic chemistry (this was before NMR).

"A History of the International Chemical Industry" by F. Aftalion.

"The Norton History of Chemistry" by W.H. Brock

"Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, 1901-1992" by L.K. James, Ed.

"From Caveman to Chemist" by H.W. Salzburg.

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Ashbrook, Peter
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Any Good Chem History Books

You might try "Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the
World" by Simon Garfield. I found it a little slow to get into, but it
was quite a good story.


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rbara Gore
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 8:22 AM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Any Good Chem History Books?


I'm a community college chemistry instructor and I don't know any
history o=
f chemistry.  I'm trying to remedy that.

Does anyone know of good, interesting chemistry history books or
?  Also, any good resources for history of chemists that might be
ng and/or have interesting anecdotes?

Barb Gore

Barbara Gore
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Waubonsee Community College
Waubonsee Drive at  Rt. 47
Sugar Grove, IL 60554-9454
Phone:  (630) 466-2454
FAX:  (630) 466-2441

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