Chemical societies and the demarcation of the British chemical community, 1870-1914

Mackie, Robin (2008). Chemical societies and the demarcation of the British chemical community, 1870-1914. In: Kildebaek Nielsen, A and Strbanova, S eds. Creating Networks in Chemistry. The Founding and Early History of Chemical Societies in Europe. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 140–161.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/9781847558244-00139

URL: http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/Books/0854042792.asp

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About the book: The book offers unique historical material showing the social, intellectual and political circumstances in which the chemical societies were constituted and function, their relations to universities and chemical industries, everyday lives, international contacts, etc. The analysis of data explores how networks in chemistry and professional autonomy were constituted, and investigates the process of demarcation that inevitably takes place when a social institution of a scientific discipline is formed. The reader gets answer to the important question of what chemistry was and was not in the latter half of nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.

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