Chemical Literature, Volume 8, Number 3, Fall 1956 Page: 3
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THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF CHEMISTRY
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gives full coverage to periods before 1600 - periods which provide the foundation
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* includes material on Greek, Chinese, and Arabic chemistry, which until now has
been scattered in various journals
* shows the connection between different branches of chemistry and the relation
between organic and physical chemists in the 19th century
* surveys the historical literature of chemistry more completely than any other
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place, equal to that of the older branches.
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