Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Golinski, Jan.

Title Science as public culture : chemistry and enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820 / Jan Golinski
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  540.94109033 Gol/Sap  AVAILABLE
Description xi, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Introduction: Science as public culture -- 2. "The study of a gentleman": Chemistry as a public science in the Scottish Enlightenment. Chemistry as an academic discipline. Gentlemanly science in the public realm. The social construction of the Scottish program -- 3. Joseph Priestley and the English Enlightenment. The uses of chemistry in Enlightenment England. Making connections: Priestley's career. The experimenter and the writer -- 4. Airs and their uses. Priestley's chemistry in public education. The birth of pneumatic medicine. The analysis of air -- 5. The coming of the Chemical Revolution. Lavoisier's theory and its reception in Britain. The instruments of persuasion. Demonstration, authority, and community -- 6. "Dr. Beddoes's Breath": Nitrous oxide and the culmination of Enlightenment medical chemistry. The Pneumatic Institution. Enthusiastic respirations: The nitrous oxide incident. The end of Enlightenment science? -- 7. Humphry Davy: The public face of genius
Davy's career: The creation of a public audience. The voltaic pile: The making of an instrument. Chlorine and "the lever of experiment" -- 8. Analysis, education, and the chemical community. Specialist careers in the London chemical community. The identity of the discipline and the reception of Dalton's atomic theory. Mineralogy and the development of chemical analysis. Conclusion: Discipline-formation and public science
Analysis Chemistry History
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-322) and index
Subject Chemistry -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Chemistry -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
LC no. 91039024
ISBN 0521394147 (hardcover)