Chemistry in America 1876–1976

Chemistry in America 1876–1976

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This study is an outgrowth of our interest in the history of modern chemistry. The paucity of reliable, quantitative knowledge about past science was brought home forcibly to us when we undertook a research seminar in the comparative history of modern chemistry in Britain, Germany, and the United States. That seminar, which took place at the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 1975, was paralleled by one devoted to the work of the qAnnales Schoolq. The two seminars together catalyzed the attempt to construct historical measures of change in aspects of one science, or qchem ical indicatorsq. The present volume displays our results. Perhaps our labors may be most usefully compared with the work of those students of medieval science who devote their best efforts to the establish ment of texts. Only when acceptable texts have been constructed from fragmentary and corrupt sources can scholars move on to the more satisfying business of making history. So too in the modern period, a necessary pre liminary to the full history of any scientific profession is the establishing of reliable quantitative information in the form of statistical series. This volume does not offer history. Instead it provides certain element- indicators -- that may be useful to individuals interested in the history of American chemistry and chemical industry, and suggestive for policy.Because of the very size of the community, and because of the pioneering interest of the American Chemical Society, much statistical ... As is the case with science indicators, this material stresses matters of policy rather than historical or cultural questions. ... and social indicators is explored in II, Duncan, 1978; see also II, Zuckerman and Miller, 1980. Among ... The ACS sponsors annual surveys of the economic status of chemists, and of degree conferrals in chemistry and chemicalanbsp;...

Title:Chemistry in America 1876–1976
Author:A. Thackray, J.L. Sturchio, P.T. Carroll, R.F Bud
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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