ERIC Number: EJ924766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
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Reference Count: 50
Communicating the New Chemistry in 18th-Century Portugal: Seabra's "Elementos de Chimica"
Carneiro, Ana; Diogo, Maria Paula; Simoes, Ana
Science & Education, v15 n7-8 p671-692 Nov 2006
In this paper, we analyse the aims, contents and impact of Seabra's two-volume textbook--"Elementos de Chimica" ("Elements of Chemistry")--published in 1788 and 1790. Seabra's "Elements of Chemistry" does not conform to the characteristics usually ascribed to textbooks by traditional historiography, and in particular to textbooks published in the peripheries. Marking the arrival of the new chemistry in Portugal, in a period in which many still resisted Lavoisier's chemistry, this textbook was a state of the art account written in Portuguese, interspersed with critical evaluations, original comments and novel contributions. Despite being the only Portuguese chemistry textbook written during this period, it had hardly any readers, even among its natural audience at the University of Coimbra.
Descriptors: Historiography, Textbooks, Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Instruction, Criticism
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