The Development of Plastics

The Development of Plastics

Book - 1994
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For polymer and materials chemists and historians of technology, explores the historical development of synthetic materials for everyday use from the perspectives of technology, culture, art history, and science. Draws on some previously unpublished archival documents that shed light on the development of plastics from the Victorian era until after World War II. The 20 papers were presented to a symposium in Southhampton, England, April 1993. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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The Development of Plastics brings together fascinating papers focusing on the historical development of synthetic materials. Based at the Science Museum in London, Susan Mossman and Peter Morris call upon their combined background in the history of plastics, chemistry, and archaeology in editing this publication. The Development of Plastics presents a unique pooling of knowledge and experience in a revealing study of materials which affect our daily lives, and the origins of which are deeply influenced by complex social and political factors. Technical, scientific, cultural, and art historical perspectives are all brought to bear on the subject, leading to the questioning of myths in polymer history. Previously unpublished archive material sheds new light on crucial moments in the chemical development of plastics, from the semi-synthetic materials of the Victorian era to the plastics developed during and after World War II. This book is recommended reading for polymer and materials chemists, as well as historians of science and technology, and will furnish them with a broad understanding of the historical, economic, and political context within which these important and expanding areas of chemistry have grown, and indeed thrive today.
This book is recommended reading for polymer and materials chemists, as well as historians of science and technology.

Publisher: Cambridge : Royal Society of Chemistry, c1994
ISBN: 9780851865751
0851865755
Characteristics: x, 120 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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