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Chemistry and Chemists in Florence

From the Last of the Medici Family to the European Magnetic Resonance Center

  • Marco Fontani
  • Mary Virginia Orna
  • Mariagrazia Costa

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry book sub series (BRIESFHISTCHEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Marco Fontani, Mary Virginia Orna, Mariagrazia Costa
    Pages 1-4
  3. Marco Fontani, Mary Virginia Orna, Mariagrazia Costa
    Pages 13-23
  4. Marco Fontani, Mary Virginia Orna, Mariagrazia Costa
    Pages 85-100
  5. Marco Fontani, Mary Virginia Orna, Mariagrazia Costa
    Pages 101-115
  6. Marco Fontani, Mary Virginia Orna, Mariagrazia Costa
    Pages 117-118
  7. Marco Fontani, Mary Virginia Orna, Mariagrazia Costa
    Pages 119-121
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 123-123

About this book

Introduction

This brief offers a novel vision of the city of Florence, tracing the development of chemistry via the biographies of its most illustrious chemists. It documents not only important scientific research that came from the hands of Galileo Galilei and the physicists who followed in his footsteps, but also the growth of new disciplines such as chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and biochemistry. It recounts how, in the Middle Ages, chemistry began as an applied science that served to bolster the Florentine economy, particularly in the textile dyeing industry. Later, important scientific collections founded by the ruling Medici family served as the basis of renowned museums that now house priceless artifacts and instruments. Also described in this text are the chemists such as Hugo Schiff, Angelo Angeli, and Luigi Rolla, who were active over the course of the following century and a quarter. The authors tell the story of the evolution of the Royal University of Florence, which ultimately became the University of Florence. Of interest to historians and chemists, this tale is told through the lives and work of the principal actors in the university’s department of chemistry.

Keywords

Angelo Angeli Florence Museums Florence Textile Industry Florentium Hugo Schiff Magnetic Resonance Medici Collections Royal University of Florence Schiff Base Schiff Test

Authors and affiliations

  • Marco Fontani
    • 1
  • Mary Virginia Orna
    • 2
  • Mariagrazia Costa
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry “Ugo Schiff”University of FlorenceSesto FiorentinoItaly
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryCollege of New RochelleNew RochelleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry “Ugo Schiff”University of FlorenceSesto FiorentinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-30856-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-30854-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-30856-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5407
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5415
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