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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
(p.iii) The Transmutations of Chymistry
Author(s):
Lawrence M. Principe
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226700816.003.0001

In the not-so-distant past, the years between the death of Robert Boyle (1627–91) and the work of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743–94) were often thought a rather dull and largely sterile period for the history of chemistry. General histories of chemistry tended to skip lightly over the period, usually with a mention only of Stephen Hales’s pneumatics and Georg Ernst Stahl’s phlogiston—both of them included mainly as “setups” for the advent of Lavoisier. Some historians saw the period as a time of “stagnation” for chymical theory and claimed that “no remarkable genius” had appeared on the scene between these two reckoning points....

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