Chemistry has been around since the earth was created, a time when computers, televisions, or simple beakers weren’t invented yet. Chemistry was always around, but it wasn’t considered a science until modern chemistry was discovered. Modern chemistry has only been around for centuries, where author Robert Boyle published The Skeptical Chemist in 1661. Soon after Robert’s publication, Antoine Lavoisier developed the law of conservation of mass, and that was the start of modern chemistry being considered a science. After this, chemistry was changed forever.
However, by performing experiments and recording the results, alchemists set the stage for modern chemistry. The distinction began to emerge when a clear differentiation was made between chemistry and alchemy by Robert Boyle in his work The Skeptical Chemist (1661). While both alchemy and chemistry are concerned with matter and its transformations, chemists are seen as applying scientific method to their work. Chemistry is considered to have become a full-fledged science with the work of Antoine Lavoisier, who developed a law of conservation of mass that demanded careful measurements and quantitative observations of chemical phenomena. The history of chemistry is intertwined with the history of thermodynamics, especially through the work of Willard Gibbs.
Roman Catholic theologians during the Middle Ages in Europe also backed up the argument of Aristotle. Overall, the atomic theory has been an on going argument for many centuries and is still being tested today. Then, in 1808 John Dalton came ... ... middle of paper ... ...arch so many different theories and laws to test the consistency of the atom. Before Dalton, philosophers didn’t even know that atoms could be seen. With John Daltons discoveries we have been allowed to better understand the atom and all of the crucial elements that are combined to make it up.
Chemistry has been around for a long time. Chemistry wasn’t a huge subject back in the days because nobody knew what it was. If you asked a caveman if he knew anything about Lewis Structures, he would most likely be confused. Before Chemistry was founded, people were still very interested with elements. In fact some of our time periods are named after elements such as the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
While in the future Aristotelian physics would turn out to be completely incorrect, his original ideas and theories were critical for developing modern science as we know it today. However, it was not until humanity accepted the flaws in Aristotelian physics that science made any progress toward finally understanding the universe. While Aristotelian physics was completely wrong in a multitude of ways, it was still needed to form a basis of the modern method of discovery. Furthermore, the majority of theories in the history of science are incorrect at first. Historically, this has been the method of progress in the sciences.
Because other metals were thought to be less perfect than gold, it was reasonable to believe that nature created gold out of other metals found deep within the earth and that a skilled artisan could duplicate this process. It was said that once someone was able to change, or transmute a "base" chemical into the perfect metal, gold, they would have achieved eternal life and salvation. In this way, alchemy turned into not only a scientific quest, but a spiritual quest as well. Although the purposes and techniques were often times ritualistic and fanciful, alchemy was in many ways the predecessor of modern science, especially the science of chemistry.The birthplace of alchemy was ancient Egypt, where, in Alexandria, it began to flourish during the Hellenistic period. Also at that time, a school of alchemy was developing in China.
The third form is biology. Like its predecessor chemistry contains all minerals, some natural and a few man-made. Alchemy was unjustifiable in modern culture and seems impossible because people wanted to believe in facts not faith, and alchemy faded slowly until its disappearance. In conclusion, alchemy had a great impact on shaping modern sciences. Alchemy developed through the ages.
The natural resources that surrounded everybody was definitely a great foundation and start for early chemistry discovery. Chemistry is something that is used every day. We use chemistry for making medicines, food, and many other tasks. I do think that chemistry will have a large impact on our future because it already has had such a large impact on oour past, and now that we have stemmed off others findings we can make them more advanced
John Dalton, J. J Thomson, Earnest Rutherford, Niels Bohr and Louis de Broglie are just a few scientists that have helped to create and shape ideas on what an atom and its components are. Dalton was the first to develop the modern atomic theory, although much of his theory is still true today, Dalton's theory has not proven to be one hundred percent correct. So what does that mean everyone who has been learning Dalton’s theory? That they are all wrong? That they shouldn’t learn from his theory anymore?
Many philosophers of science and historians have certain prejudices that lead them to view alchemy as a “pseudo-science”. However, this black magic science is responsible for much of our understanding of modern day chemistry. Alchemy has definitely played a role in the growth and founding of science; it is what taught ancient chemists about what counts as an experiment and how to think about matter at its most basic level. By expanding into two different categories, one can see why alchemy should be considered an important science. The first category to consider is the equipment and techniques used by alchemists that have been passed on to the modern day scientist.