Our modern society of knowledge prompts us to understand the tasks, scientification and mechanization as part of our culture today. Certainly this includes the acquisition of historical data. Here lies the task and challenge of chemistry history as a part of the history of science and technology. Thus, chemistry history contributes towards the understanding between natural scientific-technical intelligence on the one hand and the intelligence garnered through the liberal arts and social sciences on the other hand. Their alienation has often been lamented ever since C.P. Snow coined the expression of “two cultures” in 1959. Thus, promoting the dialogue between the cultures of a modern, sophisticated society is one of the most urgent tasks of our time.
The ‘History of Chemistry’ is an association of individuals interested in the history of chemistry and is a division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). The main tasks of the division are to:
The five-ball apparatus, developed by Justus Liebig in 1830, simplified chemical elementary analysis and enabled a research-supported laboratory training. Also called the Kali apparatus, this instrument soon became the international symbol of the self-image of the chemical profession. For those interested in learning more about the operation and performance of the five-ball apparatus, confer: Melvyn Usselman, Alan Rocke, Christina Reinhart, Kelly Foulser, "Restaging Liebig. A Study in the Replication of Experiments", Annals of Science 62 (2005), 1-55.
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