Editors: Sebastião J. Formosinho; Hugh D. Burrows
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0241-7
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Date: December 2011
Price: 16,96 €
Size: 240 mm x 170 mm
N.º Pages: 232
In recognition of António Amorim da Costa‘s important
contributions to history of science, the various chapters of this book by his friends
and colleagues cover topics related to the prehistory of chemistry, alchemy,
iatrochemistry, the phlogiston period, pneumatic chemistry and more recently
the history of quantic chemistry and statistical mechanics, with particular
emphasis upon the historical development of chemistry in Portugal and Brazil.
However, chemistry did not develop in isolation, and the contributions to this book also touch on neighbouring areas, such as electricity, medicine, optics and mineralogy. Neither do they deal exclusively with facts; people are also studied, such as the 18th century Luso-Brazilian engineer José Fernandes Pinto Alpoim, and the 19th century Portuguese chemist from the University of Coimbra, Thomé Rodrigues Sobral, and many more. It is hoped that these “pieces” of history of science will enrich our understanding of the field and acknowledge the contributions made by António Amorim da Costa to this area.