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History of Chemistry, history of the study of the composition, structure, and properties of material substances, of the interactions between substances, and of the effects on substances of the addition or removal of energy in any of its several forms. From the earliest recorded times, humans have observed chemical changes and have speculated as to their causes. By following the history of these observations and speculations, the gradual evolution of the ideas and concepts that have led to the modern science of chemistry can be traced.


Contributed By: Leicester, Henry M., M.A., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of the Pacific. Author of "The Historical Background of Chemistry" and "Development of Biochemical Concepts from Ancient to Modern Times".

Reviewed By: Ellis, Arthur B., Ph.D.

Meloche-Bascom Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ihde, Aaron, M.S., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Integrated Liberal Studies and the History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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