Chemistry, Pharmacy and Revolution in France, 1777-1809 by Professor Simon Jonathan

By Professor Simon Jonathan

This ebook explores the historical past of pharmacy in France and its courting to the self-discipline of chemistry because it emerged in the beginning of the 19th century. It argues that an appreciation of the historical past of pharmacy is vital to an entire figuring out of the structure of recent technology, specifically the self-discipline of chemistry. As such, it presents a unique interpretation of the chemical revolution (c.1770–1789) that would, without doubt, generate a lot debate at the position of the chemical arts during this tale, a query that has hitherto lacked adequate scholarly mirrored image. moreover, the publication situates this research in the broader context of the French Revolution, arguing that an intimate and direct hyperlink will be drawn among the political upheavals and our imaginative and prescient of the chemical revolution.

The tale of the chemical revolution has frequently been informed via concentrating on the small workforce of French chemists who championed Lavoisier's oxygen thought, in any other case his competitors. this kind of point of view emphasises competing theories and interpretations of serious experiments, yet neglects the tough factor of who should be understood as training chemistry within the eighteenth century. against this, this learn strains the culture of pharmacy as a qualified pursuit that depended on chemical recommendations to organize medicinal drugs, and exhibits how one of many valuable parts of the chemical revolution was once the roughly awake disassociation of the recent chemistry from this historic chemical art.

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