Paperback / softback
August 3, 2001
9780801866104
English
232
13
12
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
0.56 Inches (US)
.75 Pounds (US)
$27.00 USD, £20.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
April 30, 2003
9780801873638
9780801866098
English
232
13
12
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$27.00 USD, £20.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Transforming Matter

A History of Chemistry from Alchemy to the Buckyball

Chemistry explores the way atoms interact, the constitution of the stars, and the human genome. Knowledge of chemistry makes it possible for us to manufacture dyes and antibiotics, metallic alloys, and other materials that contribute to the necessities and luxuries of human life. In Transforming Matter, noted historian Trevor H. Levere emphasizes that understanding the history of these developments helps us to appreciate the achievements of generations of chemists.

Levere examines the dynamic rise of chemistry from the study of alchemy in the seventeenth century to the development of organic and inorganic chemistry in the age of government-funded research and corporate giants. In the past two centuries, he points out, the number of known elements has quadrupled. And because of synthesis, chemistry has increasingly become a science that creates much of what it studies.

Throughout the book, Levere follows a number of recurring themes: theories about the elements, the need for classification, the status of chemical science, and the relationship between practice and theory. He illustrates these themes by concentrating on some of chemistry's most influential and innovative practitioners. Transforming Matter provides an accessible and clearly written introduction to the history of chemistry, telling the story of how the discipline has developed over the years.

About the Author

Trevor H. Levere is a professor in the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is the editor of Annals of Science and the author of many books, including Affinity and Matter: Elements of Chemical Philosophy 1800-1865 and Chemists and Chemistry in Science and Society, 1750-1878.

Reviews

"Levere's book is commendably clear, with good explanations of numerous concepts... It is an excellent textbook for practicing chemists and chemistry students."

- Peter Morris - New Scientist

"Excellent... In Trevor H. Levere's book Transforming Matter, this topic [when did chemistry become a science] is explained with precision and clarity, alongside other aspects of the history of chemistry... Most suitable for readers studying the history of chemistry as part of their education... [though] the general reader with more than a passing interest in the development of modern science would find much of interest."

- Anthony R. Butler - American Scientist

"What makes this book enjoyable is its personal tone. The reader feels as if he or she was listening to a course of lectures each of which has its own little dramaturgy and message... Transforming Matter is a book science students will enjoy. It gives a good sense of the intellectual fascination involved in man's open-ended quest for understanding the material world and its inner structures. And it may also encourage to taste some of the fascination the history of chemistry has to offer."

- Christoph Meinel - Ambix

"Transforming Matter is targeted at newcomers to the subject, whether or not they have a background in the sciences. Formulas and technicalities are kept to a minimum, and it says much of Levere's skill as a popularizer that despite these restrictions, he is able to give lucid and accurate accounts of the principles of thermodynamics in an excellent chapter on the rise of physical chemistry. The book is interspersed with aptly chosen black-and-white illustrations accompanied by boxed texts that complement the main narrative... Instructors who want a readable, reliable, and general introductory text for arts and sciences students... will find this beautifully crafted textbook highly commendable."

- William H. Brock - Chemical Heritage

"Levere's book is commendably up to date, and amazingly full of information... His book can be recommended for students as readable and reliable. It is expository, didactic and clear."

- David Knight - British Journal for the History of Science

" An excellent short history of chemistry."

- Michael Sutton - Chemistry in Britain

"A solid treatment of the complex process by which chemistry has evolved."

- Choice

"Transforming Matter is an excellent introduction to the personalities and philosophies behind the development of chemistry... an ideal source for those outside the profession needing or wanting some grounding in the evolution of chemistry."

- Jonathan Nabe - E-Streams

Endorsements

"An up-to-date and easy to read history of chemistry, particularly useful for undergraduate survey courses. Levere deploys several (often divergent) schools of historical thought, thus exposing students to the varied contributions of each to our understanding, but without ever bogging down in technical matters that would not be meaningful to beginning students."

- Lawrence M. Principe, The Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University Press
Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Science
From 17

9780801866104 : transforming-matter-levere
Paperback / softback
232 Pages
$27.00 USD
9780801873638 : transforming-matter-levere
Electronic book text
232 Pages
$27.00 USD

Other Titles from Johns Hopkins Introductory Studies in the History of Science

Experimenting with Humans and Animals, second edition

Anita Guerrini
Aug 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$28.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$28.95 USD - Electronic book text

Competing with the Soviets

Audra J. Wolfe
Jan 2013 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$48.00 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text

Mixing Races

Paul Lawrence Farber
Feb 2011 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$22.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$22.95 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in SCIENCE / History

Charged

James Morton Turner, foreword by Paul S. Sutter, series edited by Paul S. Sutter
Aug 2022 - University of Washington Press
$34.95 USD - Hardback

After the Flood

Lydia Barnett
Aug 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$49.95 USD - Hardback
$28.95 USD - Electronic book text
$28.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Cancer Virus Hunters

Gregory J. Morgan
Aug 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$50.00 USD - Electronic book text
$50.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in History of science

Charged

James Morton Turner, foreword by Paul S. Sutter, series edited by Paul S. Sutter
Aug 2022 - University of Washington Press
$34.95 USD - Hardback

After the Flood

Lydia Barnett
Aug 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$49.95 USD - Hardback
$28.95 USD - Electronic book text
$28.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Cancer Virus Hunters

Gregory J. Morgan
Aug 2022 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$50.00 USD - Electronic book text
$50.00 USD - Hardback