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Introduction

in Inventing Chemistry

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226677606
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226677620 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226677620.003.0001
Introduction

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Herman Boerhaave committed his professional life to enhancing and expanding the medical curriculum at the University of Leiden. His steady stream of publications and numerous students made him the most revered medical professor of the early eighteenth century, and his work in chemistry had an even greater effect on shaping that field. Boerhaave's Elementa Chemiae worked as a pedagogical text for students and as an account of more advanced work addressing fundamental questions. In line with this, this book analyzes the development of his chemical system as a product of thirty years of pedagogical process from his days as a student at Leiden through the publication of the Elementa Chemiae. It also evaluates in detail the several Boerhaave manuscripts for the first time. This chapter provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.

Keywords: chemistry; Herman Boerhaave; Elementa Chemiae; chemical system; University of Leiden

Chapter.  4804 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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