The Development of Chemistry
Classic Works 1789-1914
Edited by David Knight
Introduction by David Knight
Routledge – 1999 – 4,144 pages
This set covers a century's literature on discovery in chemistry, incorporating both classic works by eminent chemists (including Faraday and Boyle) and a selection of journal articles which present science to a general readership. It covers all aspects of the science: experimental, theoretical, pure and applied chemistry, and also chemical education.
Since chemistry eveolved as a European science, the set includes books by chemists of various nationalities, in the best available translations. It allows the reader an overview of the development of the science through the eyes of notable participants communicationg their vision to contemporaries.
'Knight has selected his reprints for both content and context and not only as representative, indicating the range of chemistry as well as illuminating theories and experiments, but also as accessible to the general reader, a desideratum made more difficult as the century progressed and science became more specialized.' - Endeavour
'Having access to all these primary sources is invaluable to academic chemists and historians of science; they belong in all university and college libraries, undergraduates through professionals.' - M. Rossi, Vassar College
'..the collection does provide an overview of the development of chemistry seen through the eyes of notable participants communicating their discoveries, comments, opinions, or visions to their contemporaries' --George B. Kauffman, Endeavour
Volume 1. A Volume of Journal Papers and Articles with an Introduction by David Knight Volume 2. Elements of Chemistry  A.L. Lavoisier, translated by Robert Kerr 530pp Volume 3. Researches into the Laws of Chemical Affinity  C.L. Berthollet, translated by M. Farell 212pp Volume 4. The Use of the Blowpipe in Chemistry and Mineralogy  J.J. Berzelius, translated by J.D. Whitney 254pp Volume 5. Chemical Manipulation  3rd edition M. Faraday 680pp Volume 6. Familiar Letters on Chemistry  3rd edition J.J. Liebig 556pp Volume 7. Chemical Method  A. Laurent, translated by W. Odling 405pp Volume 8. The Atomic Theory  7th edition A. Wurtz, translated by E. Cleminshaw 354pp Volume 9. Studies in Spectrum Analysis  3rd edition J.N. Lockyer 270pp Volume 10. The Arrangement of Atoms in Space  2nd edition J.H. van't Hoff, translated by A. Eiloart 222pp
David Knight is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham and Vice-President of the British Society for the History of Science.