Up from Generality

Up from Generality

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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.How Inorganic Chemistry Finally Became a Respectable Field Jay A. Labinger ... 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993) were read on the online Table of Contents maintained at the ACS Publications website2 and assigned to the appropriate subfield. Assignments were frequently ambiguous: it is difficult to choose between organic or physical for a particular paper on ... As a check on both these potential problems, we can compare some of my numbers to those based on JACSa#39; own classifications.

Title:Up from Generality
Author:Jay A. Labinger
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-09-17


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