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Emil Fischer and the "art of chemical experimentation"

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What did nineteenth-century chemists know? This essay uses Emil Fischer’s classic study of the sugars in 1880s and 90s Germany to argue that chemists’ knowledge was not primarily vested in the theories of valence, structure, and stereochemistry that have been the subject of so much historical and philosophical analysis of chemistry in this period. Nor can chemistry be reduced to a merely manipulative exercise requiring little or no intellectual input. Examining what chemists themselves termed...

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10.1177/0073275316685714

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
History
Oxford college:
Harris Manchester College
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Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
History of Science Journal website
Volume:
55
Issue:
1
Pages:
86-120
Publication date:
2017-01-16
Acceptance date:
2016-10-17
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1054917
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English
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2019-09-23

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