Elements, Principles and the Narrative of Affinity

  title={Elements, Principles and the Narrative of Affinity},
  author={Matthew Daniel Eddy},
  journal={Foundations of Chemistry},
  • M. Eddy
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • History
  • Foundations of Chemistry
In the 18th century, the concept of ‘affinity’, ‘principle’ and ‘element’ dominated chemical discourse, both inside and outside the laboratory. Although much work has been done on these terms and the methodological commitments which guided their usage, most studies over the past two centuries have concentrated on their application as relevant to Lavoisier's oxygen theory and the new nomenclature. Kim's affinity challenges this historiographical trajectory by looking at several French chemists… 



Jan Golinski, Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760–1820 . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Pp. xi + 342. ISBN 0-521-39414-7. £32.50, $54.95.

  • C. Lawrence
  • History
    The British Journal for the History of Science
  • 1993
To conclude, this is not a book for those interested in the material culture of experiment. The controversy here takes place entirely on paper. There is also the slightly nagging feeling that the

Analysis by Fire and Solvent Extractions: The Metamorphosis of a Tradition

INTRODUCTION T HHE "RISE OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY" is commonly portrayed as something which occurred between 1800 and 1860: based on Antoine Lavoisier's chemical revolution and John Dalton's atomic

E. F. Geoffroy's table of different 'rapports' observed between different chemical substances--a reinterpretation.

L'A. decrit et analyse les tables de Geoffroy (E.F.) sur les differents rapports en chimie entre differentes substances, qui donnent une notion des lois chimiques, et montrent l'influence de Newton