Justus von Liebig: The Chemical Gatekeeper by William H. BrockJustus von Liebig: The Chemical Gatekeeper by William H. Brock

Justus von Liebig: The Chemical Gatekeeper

byWilliam H. BrockEditorDavid Knight

Paperback | June 20, 2002

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One of the founding fathers of organic chemistry and also a great teacher, Liebig (1803-73) enjoyed a close relationship with Britain, whose scientific education, medical practice and agriculture he transformed. Brock's fresh interpretation of Liebig's stormy career shows how he moved chemistry into the socio-political marketplace, demonstrating chemistry's significance for society in food production, nutrition and public health. Through popular lectures and his readable Chemical Letters, Liebig also commented on issues such as scientific methodology and materialism. This is the first English-language biography of Liebig since 1901.
David Knight is a writer. He lives in Colorado.
Title:Justus von Liebig: The Chemical GatekeeperFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:June 20, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521524733

ISBN - 13:9780521524735


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. From pharmacy to chemistry; 2. Organic analysis and the Giessen Research School; 3. Liebig and organic chemistry, 1820-1840; 4. Liebig and the British; 5. Liebig and commerce; 6. Liebig and the farmers: agricultural chemistry; 7. Liebig and the doctors: animal chemistry; 8. Liebig on toast: the chemistry of food; 9. Liebig and London: the chemistry of sewage; 10. Populariser of science: chemical letters; 11. Philosopher of science: the Bacon Affair; 12. Death and assessment; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...interesing, useful biography." American Historical Review