The periodic table and other wallcharts in the teaching of chemistry in St Andrews, 1884–1919

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Abstract

The teaching of the chemistry of the elements at the University of St Andrews by Professor Thomas Purdie FRS is examined with reference to selections from a collection of recently discovered historic wallcharts and extracts from his detailed hand-written lecture notes. Together these reveal a comprehensive and exciting
programme of lectures incorporating numerous practical demonstrations which were continually updated to reflect the latest state of knowledge in what was a rapidly changing field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20190299
Number of pages17
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume378
Issue number2180
Early online date17 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2020

Keywords

  • Periodic table
  • Chemistry wallcharts
  • Elements
  • Lecture demonstrations

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