History of Chemistry, Volume II. From 1850-1910

Read by J. M. Smallheer

(4.2 stars; 10 reviews)

A history of the advances in chemistry, in the fields of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry from the mid-nineteenth century through the early 1900s. Included are brief biographical sketches of some early pioneers in the field such as Mendeleev, Liebig, Williamson, Dewar and others. Chapters covering the discovery of new elements, the developing understanding of structure, properties and reactivity, the beginnings of practical organic synthesis and the early work on stereoisomerism show how the way was paved for the discoveries that followed in the 20th century. Thorpe's observation in Chapter 10 that “Organic chemistry has been largely developed by the discovery from time to time of special reagents and special types of reactions which have shown themselves to be capable of extensive application” continues to be true to this day. (Summary by J. M. Smallheer) (4 hr 11 min)


State of Chemistry in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century 29:50 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Chemical Elements Discovered Since 1850 25:52 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Inactive Elements. Radium and Radio-activity 24:18 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Atoms and Molecules. Atomic Weights and Equivalents 24:37 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Molecular Theory of Gases 31:44 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Periodic Law 12:10 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Valency 9:46 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Chemistry of Aromatic Compounds 25:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Stereo-Isomerism. Stereo-Chemistry 19:42 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Organic Chemistry: Condensation: Synthesis of Vital Products 28:25 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Development of Physical Chemistry Since 1850 19:25 Read by J. M. Smallheer


Nicely read

(5 stars)

The book is somewhat outdated as many of the hypothesis are now updated or renewed. But it is brilliantly read. It is a book which is much better to read than to waste time watching rubbish on youtube or playing rubbish games. Full of knowledge.