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Chemistry : the impure science / Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Jonathan Simon.

By: Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette.
Contributor(s): Simon, Jonathan, 1964-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London : Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : Imperial College Press ; Distributed by World Scientific Pub., c2008Description: xii, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781848162259 (hbk.); 1848162251 (hbk.).Subject(s): Chemistry | Chemistry -- PhilosophyDDC classification: 540 LOC classification: QD31.3 | .B455 2008Other classification: 35.01 | 35.02
Contents:
Introduction: chemistry and its discontents -- Chemistry and pollution -- The damnation of the alchemist -- The space of the laboratory -- Proof in the laboratory -- Chemistry creates its object -- A duel between two conceptions of matter -- Chemistry versus physics -- Atoms or elements -- Positivism and chemistry -- Atoms as fictions -- Agency and relations -- Taming the nanoworld -- Towards a responsible chemistry.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-262) and index.

Introduction: chemistry and its discontents -- Chemistry and pollution -- The damnation of the alchemist -- The space of the laboratory -- Proof in the laboratory -- Chemistry creates its object -- A duel between two conceptions of matter -- Chemistry versus physics -- Atoms or elements -- Positivism and chemistry -- Atoms as fictions -- Agency and relations -- Taming the nanoworld -- Towards a responsible chemistry.

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This is an unusual and remarkable book, which mingles philosophy of chemistry, a recently resurgent segment of philosophy of science, with history of chemistry, and includes an examination of the image of chemistry in society. Some chapter headings give the flavor of the book's diversity: "Chemistry and Pollution," "The Damnation of the Alchemist," "Proof in the Laboratory," "Chemistry versus Physics," "Positivism and Chemistry," "Atoms as Fictions," and "Towards a Responsible Chemistry." Bensaude-Vincent (Universite Paris X, France) and Simon (Universite Lyon, France), significant contributors to history and philosophy of chemistry, develop cogent arguments about the independent place of chemistry among the sciences. The book is clearly written and contains a few pertinent illustrations and an extensive bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers/libraries. H. Goldwhite emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles

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