The Romance of Modern Chemistry


Read by J. M. Smallheer

(4.3 stars; 14 reviews)

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. (summary by J. M. Smallheer) (8 hr 42 min)

Chapters

Preface 1:40 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Dawn of Chemistry 6:27 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Alchemy and the Philosopher's Stone 11:20 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Nature's Building Material 16:33 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Invisible Substances, and How We Know of Their Existence 18:28 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Elements with a Double Identity 16:29 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Metals, Common and Uncommon 17:31 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Where Two Metals are Better than One 14:33 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Acids and Alkalis 20:37 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Natural Waters, and What They May Contain 16:51 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chemical Changes which Produce Light and Heat 19:15 Read by J. M. Smallheer
How Fire is Made 21:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Nature's Stores of Fuels 18:15 Read by J. M. Smallheer
More About Fuel 20:32 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Flame: What is It? 16:41 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Explosions and Explosives 23:46 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Below Zero 21:00 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chemistry at High Temperatures 17:34 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chemistry of the Stars 17:29 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chemistry of Agriculture 20:13 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Sugar and Starch 17:07 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Fats and Oils 18:37 Read by J. M. Smallheer
How Man Competes with Nature 18:51 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Adulteration of Food 13:50 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Value of the By-product 18:50 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Valuable Substances from Unlikely Sources 16:17 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Chemistry and Electricity 19:10 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Some Interesting Facts about Solutions 18:55 Read by J. M. Smallheer
From Solutions to Crystals 17:34 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Great Effects from Small Causes 14:43 Read by J. M. Smallheer
How Trifling Observations Lead to Great Discoveries 11:51 Read by J. M. Smallheer