Up from Generality, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3642401201
  • ISBN-13: 9783642401206
  • DDC: 546
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 77 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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In this brief, renowned inorganic chemist Jay Labinger tracks the development of his field from a forgotten specialism to the establishment of an independent, intellectually viable discipline. Inorganic chemistry, with a negation in its very name, was long regarded as that which was left behind when organic and physical chemistry emerged as specialist fields in the 19th century. Only by the middle of the 20th century had it begun to gain its current stature of equality to that of the other main branches of chemistry. The author discusses the evidence for this transition, both quantitative and anecdotal and includes consideration of the roles of local and personal factors, with particular focus on Caltech as an illustrative example. This brief is of interest both to historians of science and inorganic chemists who would like to find out how their field began.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: False Labor: Inorganic Chemistry in the Late Nineteenth-Early Twentieth Centuries.
3: The (Re)birth of Inorganic Chemistry.
4: The Personal Factor: Donald Yost and Inorganic Chemistry at Caltech.
5: Agents of Respectability.
6: Conclusions.
Notes on Quantitative Methodology.
About the Author.