Chemistry and Civilization
by Allerton Seward Cushman (9781406781274)

Chemistry and Civilization
Allerton Seward Cushman
Release Date: 01 September 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Category: Chemistry
ISBN: 9781406781274
ISBN-10: 1406781274

PREFACE attempt to present in a few brief chapters a general view of all that chemistry has done, is 1 doing and, hopes to accomplish for mankind in the future, has been no easy task. At best the author has been able only to sketch in the high lights and deep shadows of the pictures. The effort has been made to produce at least a readable story of chemistry, that may hope to interest even those who have not heretofore given attention to the subject as it affects their own lives. In spite of this effort, several nonchemical friends who have been kind enough to read the manuscript or patient enough to attend the lectures have remarked I en- joyed it very much, though I must confess I did not understand a great deal of it. If the writer has indeed succeeded in presenting the subject in a manner which will produce en- joyment and instruction even when the understanding is incomplete, surely the effort has not been entirely in vain. Much of the subject matter discussed has been given be- fore, as for instance by Geoffrey Martin in his Triumphs and Wonders of Modern Chemistry, and by Professor Sir William Tilden in his Chemical Discovery and Invention in the Twentieth Century. To both of these authors the writer is much indebted. Perhaps the best excuse for the present volume lies in the fact that other writers have not been at so much pains to link up the present and future of this branch of science with its historical past. There can be no doubt that the destiny of the human race is deeply...

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