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

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