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Chemistry, Society and Environment: A New History of the British Chemical Industry

By: CA Russell, SAH Wilmot, WA Campbell and NG Coley

Royal Society of Chemistry

Hardback | Apr 2000 | #101298 | ISBN: 0854045996
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The environmental crisis can only be fully understood in the light of the history of the British chemical industry. This book looks critically at the whole development of industrial chemistry in the UK in the context of its effects on the environment. Industrial chemists can take heart from the realization that their predecessors were aware of the problems and often found satisfactory solutions. Industrial chemistry has traditionally been seen as the "great polluter". Without any attempts at "whitewash" this book seeks to put the record straight.


Records of the British chemical industry; the shape of the British chemical industry; origins of the British chemical industry; the alkali industry; the nitrogen industry; the British pharmaceutical industry; general and fine inorganic chemicals; the organic chemicals industry to World War I; the age of polymers and petrochemicals; metal extraction and refining; chemical industry and the quality of life. Indexes: name; subject. (Part contents).

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