The Institutes of Chemistry

in Inventing Chemistry

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226677606
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226677620 | DOI:
The Institutes of Chemistry

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This chapter investigates how the theory related to both academic pedagogy and the didactic tradition. It examines the origin and structure of Herman Boerhaave's lecture course, focusing on the development of his instrument theory, which acted as both a theoretical framework and pedagogical structure for his courses. Boerhaave's reworking of didactic chemistry to fit the norms of the Leiden medical faculty fundamentally changed the status of chemistry at the University of Leiden, and its pedagogical structure, theoretical framework, and place in the medical curriculum. He organized the rest of his course, centering on the chemical instruments and chemical operations. Boerhaave's adoption of the instrument theory came as a result of his rejection of the various systems of chemical principles. Moreover, his operation course demonstrated a regular chemistry curriculum at Leiden, which followed the pattern of the medical and the physics curricula.

Keywords: lecture course; Herman Boerhaave; instrument theory; academic pedagogy; Leiden medical faculty; didactic chemistry; chemical instruments; chemical operations

Chapter.  12055 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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