Anglo-American Connections in Japanese Chemistry: The Lab as Contact Zone

Hardcover | December 18, 2013

byYoshiyuki Kikuchi

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Anglo-Japanese and American-Japanese connections in chemistry had a major impact on the institutionalization of scientific and technological higher education in Japan from the late nineteenth century and onwards. They helped define the structure of Japanese scientific pedagogical and research system that lasted well into the post-World World II period of massive technological development, when it became one of the biggest providers of chemists and chemical engineers in the world next to Europe and the United States. In telling this story, Anglo-American Connections in Japanese Chemistry explores various sites of science education such as teaching laboratories and classrooms - where British and American teachers mingled with Japanese students - to shed new light on the lab as a site of global human encounter and intricate social relations that shaped scientific practice.

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Anglo-Japanese and American-Japanese connections in chemistry had a major impact on the institutionalization of scientific and technological higher education in Japan from the late nineteenth century and onwards. They helped define the structure of Japanese scientific pedagogical and research system that lasted well into the post-World...

Yoshiyuki Kikuchi is Associate Professor at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Hayama, Japan. He has published extensively on the history of Japanese chemistry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and its global contexts. He previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and Harvar...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 11.14 × 5.73 × 0.58 inPublished:December 18, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230117783

ISBN - 13:9780230117785

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Table of Contents

1. Japanese Chemistry Students in Britain and the United States in the 1860s
2. American and British Chemists and Lab-based Chemical Education in Early Meiji Japan
3. The Making of Japanese Chemists in Japan, Britain, and the United States
4. Defining Scientific and Technological Education in Chemistry in Japan, 1880-1886
5. Constructing a Pedagogical Space for Pure Chemistry at the Imperial University
6. Making Use of a Pedagogical Space for Pure Chemistry
7. Connecting Applied Chemistry Teaching to Manufacturing
Epilogue: Departure from Meiji Japanese Chemistry

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'In this fluent account of the dynamic interplay between individual English and American chemists and their Japanese students in three continents, Kikuchi provides a vivid analysis of how different styles of teaching and research affected attitudes to pure and applied chemistry. His brilliant demonstration of the different cultural functions of professors and assistants, and of the laboratory as a two-way contact zone for cultural exchanges, provides an important model for historians of chemistry.' - William Brock, Emeritus Professor of History of Science, University of Leicester, UK