Chemistry Teaching at Oxford and Cambridge, Circa 1700

  • Anita Guerrini
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In his lectures from the first decades of the eighteenth century, Hermann Boerhaave defined chemistry as

An Art that teaches us how to perform certain physical operations, by which bodies that are discernible by the senses, or that may be rendered so, and that are capable of being contained in vessels, may by suitable instruments be so changed, that particular determin’d effects may be thence produced, and the causes of those effects understood by the effects themselves, to the manifold improvement of various Arts.1


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