Up from Generality [electronic resource] :How Inorganic Chemistry Finally Became a Respectable Field / by Jay A. Labinger.
Contributor(s): SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: BookSeries: SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science: Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer, 2013.Description: IX, 77 p. 30 illus. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783642401206.Subject(s): Chemistry | History | Inorganic chemistry | Chemistry | Inorganic Chemistry | History, general | History of ScienceDDC classification: 546 Online resources: Click here to access online
From the Contents: False Labor: Inorganic Chemistry in the Late 19th -early 20th Centuries -- The (Re)birth of Inorganic Chemistry -- The Personal Factor: Donald Yost and Inorganic Chemistry at Caltech -- Agents of Respectability.
In this brief, renowned inorganic chemist Jay Labinger tracks the development of his field from a forgotton specialism to the establishment of an independent, intellectually viable discipline. Inorganic chemistry, with a negation in its very name, was long regarded as that which was left behind when organic and physical chemistry emerged as specialist fields in the 19th century. Only by the middle of the 20th century had it begun to gain its current stature of equality to that of the other main branches of chemistry. The author discusses the evidence for this transition, both quantitative and anecdotal and includes consideration of the roles of local and personal factors, with particular focus on Caltech as an illustrative example. This brief is of interest both to historians of science and inorganic chemists who would like to find out how their field began.