The Language of Mineralogy

John Walker, Chemistry and the Edinburgh Medical School, 1750-1800
Author(s): 
Eddy, Matthew D.
ISBN: 
9780754663324
Date published: 
January 2009
Hardback
Price: 
£60.00
Pages: 
332

The specific methods used to construct Enlightenment systems of natural history have proven to be the bête noir of studies that address eighteenth-century culture. This book shows how the classification practices of a defined institutional setting enabled naturalists to create systems of natural history and, by explicitly connecting eighteenth-century geology to the chemistry being taught in medical settings, offers a new interpretation of the nascent earth sciences as they were practiced in Enlightenment Britain.