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Chemistry in America 1876–1976

Historical Indicators

  • Authors
  • Arnold Thackray
  • Jeffrey L. Sturchio
  • P. Thomas Carroll
  • Robert Bud
Book

Part of the Chemists and Chemistry book series (CACH, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Arnold Thackray, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, P. Thomas Carroll, Robert Bud
    Pages 1-8
  3. Arnold Thackray, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, P. Thomas Carroll, Robert Bud
    Pages 9-38
  4. Arnold Thackray, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, P. Thomas Carroll, Robert Bud
    Pages 39-82
  5. Arnold Thackray, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, P. Thomas Carroll, Robert Bud
    Pages 83-105
  6. Arnold Thackray, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, P. Thomas Carroll, Robert Bud
    Pages 106-146
  7. Arnold Thackray, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, P. Thomas Carroll, Robert Bud
    Pages 147-203
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 204-564

About this book

Introduction

This study is an outgrowth of our interest in the history of modern chemistry. The paucity of reliable, quantitative knowledge about past science was brought home forcibly to us when we undertook a research seminar in the comparative history of modern chemistry in Britain, Germany, and the United States. That seminar, which took place at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 1975, was paralleled by one devoted to the work of the "Annales School". The two seminars together catalyzed the attempt to construct historical measures of change in aspects of one science, or "chem­ ical indicators". The present volume displays our results. Perhaps our labors may be most usefully compared with the work of those students of medieval science who devote their best efforts to the establish­ ment of texts. Only when acceptable texts have been constructed from fragmentary and corrupt sources can scholars move on to the more satisfying business of making history. So too in the modern period, a necessary pre­ liminary to the full history of any scientific profession is the establishing of reliable quantitative information in the form of statistical series. This volume does not offer history. Instead it provides certain element- indicators -- that may be useful to individuals interested in the history of American chemistry and chemical industry, and suggestive for policy.

Keywords

chemistry growth information paper society structure

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-1124-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-2662-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-1124-7
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