By Professor Simon Jonathan
This booklet explores the heritage of pharmacy in France and its dating to the self-discipline of chemistry because it emerged before everything of the 19th century. It argues that an appreciation of the heritage of pharmacy is vital to an entire realizing of the structure of contemporary technological know-how, particularly the self-discipline of chemistry. As such, it offers a singular interpretation of the chemical revolution (c.1770–1789) that would, without doubt, generate a lot debate at the position of the chemical arts during this tale, a question that has hitherto lacked adequate scholarly mirrored image. additionally, the booklet situates this research in the broader context of the French Revolution, arguing that an intimate and direct hyperlink might be drawn among the political upheavals and our imaginative and prescient of the chemical revolution.
The tale of the chemical revolution has often been informed by means of targeting the small crew of French chemists who championed Lavoisier's oxygen thought, in any other case his rivals. the sort of viewpoint emphasises competing theories and interpretations of severe experiments, yet neglects the not easy factor of who might be understood as training chemistry within the eighteenth century. by contrast, this learn strains the culture of pharmacy as a certified pursuit that depended on chemical suggestions to arrange medicinal drugs, and indicates how one of many principal parts of the chemical revolution was once the roughly awake disassociation of the hot chemistry from this old chemical art.
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Chemistry, Pharmacy and Revolution in France, 1777-1809 (Science, Technology and Culture, 1700–1945) by Professor Simon Jonathan