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Author Brock, W. H. (William Hodson)
Title The case of the poisonous socks : tales from chemistry / William H. Brock.
Published Cambridge, UK : RSC Pub., c2011.
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 Floor4  QD15 .B76 2011    IN LIBRARY
Description xiv, 348 p. : ill., ports. : 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 314-326) and index.
Contents Pt. 1. Chemical futures. The case of the poisonous socks -- Taste, smell and flavour -- Tales of Hofmann -- Liebig on toast -- The future of research at the Royal Institution (London) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington) -- The future of chemistry in 1901 -- The Alchemical Society, 1912-1915 -- Pt. 2. Organizing chemistry. Putting the "S" in the "Three R's" -- The London Chemical Society, 1824 -- The state of chemistry in Britain in 1846 -- The laboratory before and after Liebig -- The chemical origins of practical physics -- Chemical algebra -- The B-Club -- Chemistry by discovery in a phrase--
Pt. 3. A cluster of chemists. Amedeo Avogadro -- Liebig and Wohler : creating a path through the dark province of organic nature -- August Kekule (1829-1896) : theoretical chemist -- The Don Quixote of chemistry : Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie (1817-1880) -- The epistle of Henry the chemist -- He knew he was right : Fritz Haber -- J.R. Partington (1886-1965) : physical chemistry in deed and word -- Henry Crookes, founder of Crookes Laboratories -- A life of magic chemistry -- Pt. 4. Women chemists. Women in alchemy and chemistry -- Teaching chemistry to women -- Musical affinities -- Edith Hilda Usherwood (1898-1988) and the Ingold Partnership --
Pt. 5. Chemical books and journals. The fate of eponymous chemical journals -- The lamp of learning : Richard Taylor and the textbook -- "The greatest work which England has ever produced" : Henry Watts and the Dictionary of Chemistry -- Chemistry in the aquarium -- Insurance chemistry -- Math for chemists -- The chemistry of pottery -- Baker's dozens -- Pt. 6. Lost to chemistry. They also ran -- Who was Crookes's musician-chemist? -- The chemist from Hanwell Asylum -- George Du Maurier (1834-1896) -- Sir Stafford Cripps -- The chemist as novelist : the case of C.P. Snow.
Summary A collection of essays containing 42 tales of chemists and their discoveries from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Subject Chemistry -- History -- 19th century.
Chemistry -- History -- 20th century.
Discoveries in science.
ISBN 9781849733243 (pbk.)
OCLC number 745978787