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Author Powers, John C., 1968-

Title Inventing chemistry : Herman Boerhaave and the reform of the chemical arts / John C. Powers
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource
Series Synthesis
Contents Medicine as a calling -- Didactic chemistry in Leiden -- The institutes of chemistry -- Chemistry in the medical faculty -- Instruments and the experimental method -- Philosophical chemistry -- From alchemy to chemistry -- Boerhaave's legacy
Summary In Inventing Chemistry, historian John C. Powers turns his attention to Herman Boerhaave (1668 & ndash;1738), a Dutch medical and chemical professor whose work reached a wide, educated audience and became the template for chemical knowledge in the eighteenth century. The primary focus of this study is Boerhaave & rsquo;s educational philosophy, and Powers traces its development from Boerhaave & rsquo;s early days as a student in Leiden through his publication of the Elementa chemiae in 1732. Powers reveals how Boerhaave restructured and reinterpreted various practices from diverse chemical traditio
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Boerhaave, Herman, 1668-1738.
Chemistry -- History.
Chemistry -- Study and teaching -- Netherlands -- Leiden -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011033952
ISBN 0226677621 (electronic bk.)
9780226677620 (electronic bk.)