History of Chemistry

The Chemical Works of Carl Wilhelm Scheele

Authors: Lennartson, Anders

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  • Provides the first analysis of Carl Wilhelm Scheele's complete papers in English
  • Highlights the significance of Scheele's contribution to chemistry
  • Includes a bibliography of Scheele's published works
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This brief draws on the first modern book about Carl Wilhelm Scheele which was published in Swedish in 2015. Following an introduction and bibliography of Scheele’s published works, the author analyses Scheele’s publications paragraph by paragraph, explaining the procedures and the results in modern terms, and summarising and elucidating Scheele’s conclusions. Up until now the original works by Scheele have only in part been translated into English, and to get a complete view of Scheele’s work, knowledge of both Swedish and German was required. This brief opens up the important work of Carl Wilhelm Scheele to an international audience of historians of chemistry, students of history of chemistry and interested chemists. 

About the authors

Anders Lennartson obtained his PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2009. The thesis focused on absolute asymmetric synthesis, i.e. synthesis of optically active compounds using no optically active precursors. According to most textbooks, this synthesis was considered impossible. However, by employing a crystalisation technique known as total spontaneous resolution, Anders became the first to optically resolve five- and seven-coordinate metal complexes. Since then, Anders has worked at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense, Denmark), the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) and the University of Gothenburg.

Over the past years, Anders has also become interested in the history of chemistry, paying special attention to the history of Swedish chemistry and the history of stereochemistry.

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“This short book seeks to catalogue and describe the published work of Carl Wilhelm Scheele, the eighteenth century chemist best known for his work on heat, fire, and the discovery of oxygen. … This book might be used as an excellent teaching example for historians of science in training, offering an interesting case study of a quite particular kind of history of science.” (Georgette Taylor, Ambix, Vol 66 (1), 2019)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Chemical Works of Carl Wilhelm Scheele
Authors
Series Title
History of Chemistry
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58181-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58181-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-58180-4
Series ISSN
2212-991X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 110
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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