Volume 26, Number 1, Spring 2008
This issue previews Making Modernity, the permanent exhibit of CHF’s new museum, presents an introduction to chemistry’s place in the history of science, and takes a look at Lavoisier’s lab as a work of art.
26-1 A Gift for the Ages
Heather Ewing, The Lost World of James Smithson: Science, Revolution, and the Birth of the Smithsonian. Reviewed by Trevor Levere.
26-1 A Will and a Way
Hubert Schoemaker determined at an early age to do what it took to make his mark. He has left a legacy of biotechnology advances.
Books to Note: Spring 2008
- Michael Cooper; Michael Hunter, editors. Robert Hooke: Tercentennial Studies
- Michael Egan. Barry Commoner and the Science of Survival: The Remaking of American Environmentalism
- Morton Satin. Death in the Pot: The Impact of Food Poisoning on History
- Brenda J. Buchanan, editor. Gunpowder, Explosives, and the State: A Technological History
- Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf, Jack G. Goldsmith. Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth
Making Modernity: A Gallery Preview
In Fall 2008 CHF reveals its carefully designed exhibit of hundreds of objects that together embody the story of the great human adventure of discovery in the chemical and molecular sciences.
Not Counting Chemistry
Chemistry rarely figures in histories of 20th-century science and technology. Putting it back into the standard history would force us to change many of the historical arguments that shape our account of an extraordinary century.
In 1788, Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and Jacques-Louis David were introduced during a sitting for the illustrious scientist's portrait. The two men would go very separate ways in the political revolution that followed, but the rencontre yielded an immense canvas still regarded as one of the greatest portraits of the 18th century.