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The Stories of Nineteenth Century American Science Textbook Writers and the Concept of Physical and Chemical Change

Palmer, Bill (2006). The Stories of Nineteenth Century American Science Textbook Writers and the Concept of Physical and Chemical Change. In: Milutinovic, Veljko International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research, New York, 3-6 July 2006.

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Author Palmer, Bill
Title The Stories of Nineteenth Century American Science Textbook Writers and the Concept of Physical and Chemical Change
Conference Name International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research
Conference Location New York
Conference Dates 3-6 July 2006
Conference Publication Title IPSI - 2006 - New York
Editor Milutinovic, Veljko
Place of Publication Belgrade, Serbia
Publisher IPSI Belgrade, Academic Mind
Publication Year 2006
ISBN 86-7466-117-3   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 11
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Physical and chemical change is a concept that has developed over the past 250 years. Now the topic is found almost exclusively in chemistry textbooks, but in the latter part of the nineteenth century it was also included in some physics (natural philosophy) textbooks. At that time the definition was that physical change concerned cahnges relating to physics, whilst chemical change concerned changes relating to chemistry. The purpose of this paper is to provide brief biographies of a number of textbook writers (mainly American) who wrote physics and chemistry textbooks, often expanding into writing botany and geology texts. A number of them had amazingly interesting and productive lives and they laid the foundations of the science learned by following generations. One of the earliest concepts tught in this period was the concept of physical and chemical change and this will provide the linking conceptual theme of the presentaion.
 
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