FROM CHEMISTRY TO POLITICAL ECONOMY: JANE MARCET AS POPULARIZER OF SCIENCE
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FROM CHEMISTRY TO POLITICAL ECONOMY: JANE MARCET AS POPULARIZER OF SCIENCE
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Marcet was one of the foremost nineteenthcentury popularizers of science. Over some 45 years, she authored 36 books that encompassed natural philosophy, mineralogy, botany, English history, linguistics, economics, and other subjects. Her fi rst and most popular work, Conversations on Chemistry, in Which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments (1806), became in essence the earliest textbook of chemistry for school-age children and exerted profound infl uence on chemistry education in the fi rst half of the nineteenth century in both England and the United States. This essay considers the scientifi c, economic, and political context of Marcet's activities, analyzes her most important book in detail, and examines the main events of her life.
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