Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.4, July 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 4 (July)
..Chemistry in Argentina
..News from IUPAC
..Report of Accounts 1998-99
..Reports from Symposia

..Reports from Commissions
..Provisional Recommendations
..Awards and Prizes
..New Books
..Conference Announcements
..Conference Calendar

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July 2000

New Books and Publications


New Publication from The Royal Society of Chemistry Chemistry

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

Editor: Colin Russell (History of Chemistry Research Group, Open University, Milton Keynes MK6 7AA, England, UK).

Public attitudes toward science have turned from awe to mistrust, and nowhere is this transformation more apparent than in the public image of the chemical industry. The industry is seen as the great polluter, with much of the blame for the current environmental crisis laid firmly at its door. At the other extreme, many attempts by supporters to explain the benefits of the chemical industry have focused exclusively on the positive and have lacked any analysis of its effects on either society or the environment.

This book, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, presents a critical history of the British chemical industry, with a focus on its social and environmental impact, both historically and in the present. Above all, it aims to be objective, and strong criticism is voiced on some issues. However, unexpected findings also emerge. For example, the book shows that industrial chemists have always been aware of the environmental consequences of their activities, and they have often found satisfactory ways of dealing with them. Overall, the chemical industry emerges in a more positive light than its popular image suggests.

No assessment of the environmental dilemmas we now face can be complete without an understanding of how they developed. From academics to industrialists to politicians, all those concerned with the social and environmental impact of the chemical industry will find their understanding broadened by this book. The editor, Colin Russell, and the three contributing authors are honorary members of the History of Chemistry Research Group of the Open University.

For further details or to order this book, contact Sales and Customer Care, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, England CB4 0WF, UK; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +44 1223 432360; Fax: +44 1223 423429; Web site: or



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