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In venturing to offer to the public, and more particularly to the female sex, an Introduction to Chemistry, the Author conceives that some explanation may be required; and she feels it the more necessary to apologise for the present undertaking, as her knowledge of the subject is but recent, and as she can have no real claims to the title of chemist. On attending, for the first time, experimental lectures, the Author found it almost impossible to derive any clear or satisfactory information from the rapid demonstrations which are usually, and perhaps necessarily, crowded into popular courses of this kind.
But frequent opportunities having afterwards occurred of conversing with a friend on the subject of chemistry, and of repeating a variety of experiments, she became better acquainted with the principles of that science, and began to feel highly interested in its pursuit.
It was then that she perceived, in attending the excellent lectures delivered at the Royal Institution by Sir Humphry Davy, the great advantage which her previous knowledge of the subject, slight as it was, gave her over others who had not enjoyed the same means of private instruction. Every fact or experiment attracted her attention, and served to explain some theory to which she was not a total stranger; and she had the gratification to find that the numerous and elegant illustrations, for which that school is so much distinguished, seldom failed to produce on her mind the effect for which they were intended.
Hence it was natural to infer, that familiar conversation was, in studies of this kind, a most useful auxiliary source of information; and more especially to the female sex, whose education is seldom calculatedto prepare their minds for abstract ideas, or scientific language.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Conversations on Chemistry. Nov 06, notgettingenough rated it really liked it. My career as a scientific investigator ended when I was five. I'd discovered that if you scratch your skin with your fingernail, it goes white and then if you lick it - or otherwise apply water - the scratch will disappear. I thought this was pretty interesting and I wanted to explore the idea more.
I looked at the car. I got my metal cap gun. Just don't say a thing, okay? I did a pretty good job of ruining the paintwork, confident in the idea I was merely going to wash all those scratches away. D My career as a scientific investigator ended when I was five. Don't ask what happened when my parents found out.
I had an early one out of one, a hundred percent lesson. You might think it is weird that I wanted to be a saint when I grew up, but honestly, being boiled in oil or eaten by cannibals just seemed so much more - well, civilised - that what happens to intrepid scientists. You won't have heard of Jane Marcet. Female, you see. But maybe the most important, inspirational writer in education in the late eighteenth and then nineteenth centuries.
She made Faraday what he was. Or so he later said. View all 5 comments. There is no book here This thing has no text. There is an introduction, then a table of contents, then an index, and that's all.
Nov 27, Madalene rated it really liked it. Pretty interesting - socratic method style of writing on the chemistry known at this time in history. If you miss your chemistry class, you'll enjoy her experiments proving the basic chemistry that was just starting to be known, and how to proceed with asking questions. They had far fewer elements then, but most of the experiments would still hold true. Samantha rated it really liked it Sep 19, Marilia Peres rated it really liked it Aug 23, Jennifer Schreiber rated it did not like it Jan 20, Melissa Mccoul rated it really liked it Jan 04, Drew rated it liked it Jul 04, Geoffrey Lowes rated it really liked it Nov 14, Jaimey marked it as to-read Sep 19, Noriza Mohamad zabdi marked it as to-read May 25, Mazz Linkin marked it as to-read Jul 10, Cees is currently reading it Aug 28, Dawn Martha marked it as to-read Sep 11, Waseem marked it as to-read Nov 10, Shane marked it as to-read Apr 16, Ells Long added it Jul 03, Mitch Anderson marked it as to-read Jun 13, Lori marked it as to-read Jul 23, Aarti marked it as to-read Aug 11, David marked it as to-read Feb 01, Arpit Agrawal marked it as to-read Mar 01, Oasix21 marked it as to-read Apr 16, Davindra Giovanno marked it as to-read Jul 18, Mica X marked it as to-read Feb 27, Paige marked it as to-read Mar 18, Revi Helen marked it as to-read Jul 30, Porter marked it as to-read Nov 20, Claire marked it as to-read May 27, Daniel Wood marked it as to-read Jul 16, Helen Stimson marked it as to-read Sep 13, Joseph Dennis marked it as to-read Jan 16, KeerthiVasan Rajamani marked it as to-read Feb 15, Farhan marked it as to-read Mar 02, Le Belleguy marked it as to-read Apr 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
About Jane Haldimand Marcet. Jane Haldimand Marcet.
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Jane Marcet on Chemistry
Conversations on chemistry [by J. By mrs. Jane Marcet. Conversations on Chemistry [by J. It is by this force that all compositions and decompositions are effected. But pray tell us more precisely in what manner the discoveries of chemists have proved so beneficial to society.
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Jane Marcet was inspired by the lectures of Humphry Davy, and in turn inspired Michael Faraday through her book, Conversations on Chemistry. Born into the family of a London merchant and banker, Jane soon learned how to deal with great responsibility when her mother died, leaving her to take charge of her eleven siblings. Jane was tutored at home, together with her brothers, and her love of learning was born. In she married a Swiss exile and physician, Alexander John Gaspard Marcet, and through him, she had the opportunity to meet leading scientists of the day. Her interest in writing began when her husband asked her to help read the proofs of one of his books. This encouraged her to start producing a series of her own books entitled Conversations which spanned many disciplines including economics, religion, botany and chemistry. Not being an expert in these fields herself, Marcet strove to find a way of engaging others with these subjects in an informal and straightforward manner.
Conversations on Chemistry
She was educated at home with her brothers. Her studies included Latin essential for the sciences , chemistry, biology and history, as well as topics more usual for young ladies in England. Her younger brother William Haldimand — became a director of the Bank of England and a member of Parliament. Jane was married in to Alexander John Gaspard Marcet — , a political exile from Geneva, Switzerland who graduated from medical school at the University of Edinburgh as a physician in After their marriage, the Marcets continued to live in London. Alexander was strongly interested in chemistry, and became a lecturer at Guy's Hospital in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society. The Marcets were part of a literary and scientific social circle that included many leading writers and scientists such as Mary Somerville ,  Henry Hallam , Harriet Martineau , Auguste Arthur de la Rive and Maria Edgeworth.