Communicating Chemistry
Textbooks and Their Audiences, 1789-1939
Anders Lundgren & Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, eds.
2000, vii + 465 pp., ISBN 0-88135-274-8, L/C 99-052211, $56.00

Communicating Chemistry


“The editorial work in this book is excellent, especially considering that many of the chapters were translated into English. The introduction...provides an excellent summary...the book provides fascinating insights into both the history and the philosophy of chemistry as well as being a pleasure to read. It is highly recommended.” Foundations of Chemistry
“...The symposium and the resulting book were skillfully choreographed by Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Anders Lundgren. All of the essays have been copyedited to a high standard—so necessary when producing such a polyglot project—and the book is beautifully designed.” Isis “...For Kuhn, textbooks are repositories of ahistorical problems and rationalized rules, which maintain the "normal science" of the time...(this) collection of eighteen papers is a valuable attempt to correct this passive image of teaching and give legitimacy to the historical investigation of textbooks...John Hedley Brooke's introduction serves as an excellent guide not only for the diverse papers in this volume but for various themes in the study of textbooks.” BJHS “... John Brooke makes a brave attempt at a synthesis and his introduction is worth reading, as are many of the other chapters.” HYLE

Table of Contents

Preface Anders Lundgren and Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent Introduction: The Study of Chemical Textbooks John Hedley Brooke French Chemistry Textbooks, 1802-1852: New Books for New Readers and New Teaching Institutions Antonio García Belmar and José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez Spanish Chemistry Textbooks, 1788-1845: A Sketch of the Audience for Chemistry in Early Nineteenth-Century Spain José Ramón Bertomeu Sánchez and Antonio García Belmar Theory and Practice in Swedish Chemical Textbooks during the Nineteenth Century: Some Thoughts from a Bibliographical Survey Anders Lundgren Chemistry in Physics Textbooks, 1780-1820 Gunter Lind The Language of Experiment in Chemical Textbooks: Some Examples from Early Nineteenth-Century Britain Brian Dolan Communicating Chemistry: The Frontier between Popular Books and Textbooks in Britain during the First Half of the Nineteenth Century David Knight Atomism in France: Chemical Textbooks and Dictionaries, 1810-1835 Catherine Kounelis Berzelius’s Textbook: In Translation and Multiple Editions, as Seen Through His Correspondence Marika Blondel-Mégrelis Three Rhetorical Constructions of the Chemistry of Water Mercè Izquierdo From Teaching to Writing: Lecture Notes and Textbooks at the FrenchÉcole Polytechnique Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent From the Workshop into Print: Berthollet, Bancroft, and Textbooks on the Art of Dyeing in the Late Eighteenth Century Agustí Nieto-Galan Dimitri Mendeleev’s Principles of Chemistry and the Periodic Law of the Elements Nathan M. Brooks Roles and Goals of Chemical Textbooks on the Periphery: The Hungarian Case Gábor Palló From Student to Teacher: Linus Pauling and the Reformulation of the Principles of Chemistry in the 1930s Mary Jo Nye One Face or Many? The Role of Textbooks in Building the New Discipline of Quantum Chemistry Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões Chemistry for Women in Nineteenth-Century France Natalie Pigeard The Chemistry of Everyday Life: Popular Chemical Writing in Germany, 1780-1939 Barbara Orland Notes on Contributors Index of Names