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Inventing Chemistry: Herman Boerhaave and the Reform of the Chemical Arts

John C. Powers


This book turns its attention to Herman Boerhaave (1668–1738), a Dutch medical and chemical professor whose work reached a wide, educated audience and became the template for chemical knowledge in the eighteenth century. Its primary focus is Boerhaave's educational philosophy, the development of which the author traces from Boerhaave's early days as a student in Leiden through his publication of the Elementa chemiae in 1732. He reveals how Boerhaave restructured and reinterpreted various practices from diverse chemical traditions—including craft chemistry, Paracelsian medical chemistry, and al ... More

Keywords: educational philosophy, Leiden, Elementa chemiae, craft chemistry, Paracelsian medical chemistry, alchemy, medical faculty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226677606
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226677620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Powers, author