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The Romance of Modern Chemistry

James C. Philip (1873-1941)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - The Dawn of Chemistry
3. 02 - Alchemy and the Philosopher's Stone
4. 03 - Nature's Building Material
5. 04 - Invisible Substances, and How We Know of Their Existence
6. 05 - Elements with a Double Identity
7. 06 - Metals, Common and Uncommon
8. 07 - Where Two Metals are Better than One
9. 08 - Acids and Alkalis
10. 09 - Natural Waters, and What They May Contain
11. 10 - Chemical Changes which Produce Light and Heat
12. 11 - How Fire Is Made
13. 12 - Nature's Store of Fuels
14. 13 - More About Fuel
15. 14 - Flame: What is It?
16. 15 - Explosions and Explosives
17. 16 - Below Zero
18. 17 - Chemistry at High Temperatures
19. 18 - Chemistry of the Stars
20. 19 - Chemistry of Agriculture
21. 20 - Sugar and Starch
22. 21 - Fats and Oils
23. 22 - How Man Competes with Nature
24. 23 - The Adulteration of Food
25. 24 - The Value of the By-product
26. 25 - Valuable Substances from Unlikely Sources
27. 26 - Chemistry and Electricity
28. 27 - Some Interesting Facts about Solutions
29. 28 - From Solutions to Crystals
30. 29 - Great Effects from Small Causes
31. 30 - How Trifling Observations Lead to Great Discoveries

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A fascinating look back at the state of the art of chemistry 100 years ago, this book by James C. Philip, PhD, an assistant professor of chemistry at The Imperial College of Science and Technology, Kensington, provides a "description in non-technical language of the diverse and wonderful way which chemical forces are at work, and their manifold application in modern life" in 1910. Professor Philip relates many of the key chemical discoveries of early academic researchers in the context of the practical uses to which these discoveries were applied in the early 20th century.