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Subject: Re: 3 RE: [DCHAS-L] Any Good Chem History Books?

I agree with Steve.  Langford and Beebe is an excellent
treatment.  (I am not familiar with Brock.)

Jay Young

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From: Steven Wathen 
Date: November 10, 2009 4:00:25 PM EST
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Any Good Chem History Books?

Two books that I have enjoyed are:

The Chemical Tree: A History of Chemistry by William H. Brock
The Development of Chemical Principles by Cooper H. Langford and Ralph A. 

Both give a historical view of how basic chemical theories developed - from 
before alchemy to the 20th century.  They gave me a good appreciation of the 
things I cover in general chemistry as well as the upper level classes.

Dr. Steven P. Wathen
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Siena Heights University
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From: Joanna Lynch 
Date: November 10, 2009 4:02:08 PM EST
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Any Good Chem History Books?

A page of links (including ACS Chemistry History) on Dan Berger's History of 
Chemistry Bookmarks:

Also, the Chemical Heritage Foundation has a 
very good Journal (free!):

- Joanna
Joanna Lynch
Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer
Cornell University
Environmental Health & Safety
East Hill Office Building
395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 210
Ithaca, NY 14850
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From: "Steehler, Gail" 
Date: November 10, 2009 3:54:25 PM EST
To: DCHAS-L Discussion List 
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Any Good Chem History Books?

The Art of Chemistry by Greenberg is quite nice for ancient through 19th 
century.  It selects topics for interest, rather than systematic coverage. 
You could find it in libraries or get a used copy for about $25 online.  The 
Historical Background of Chemistry by Leicester covers the same time period. 
It is more systematic (but perhaps less fun).  You can get used copies of 
the Dover paperback very cheap online.  I found The Periodic Table by Scerri 
very interesting.  I used it to prepare for a National Chemistry Week talk 
recently.  I was surprised at how much I didn't know on the topic, even 
after many years spent teaching about it.  While not strictly a history, you 
might also enjoy The Elements of Murder by John Emsley.  I've used tidbits 
from it to enliven more than one inorganic lecture.  It has lots of 
historical context.  It also has lots of hazardous materials to appeal to 
members of this listserv.

Gail Steehler

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