Selected Classic Papers

from the

History of Chemistry

The following papers from the history of chemistry are available as html files. Many are seminal papers in their fields. Some are interesting curiosities. Papers are arranged by subject below, or alphabetically.

Most of the entries reside either at the Classic Chemistry site at Le Moyne College or on the historical papers section of John Park's ChemTeam site. Links to classic papers outside the Classic Chemistry site are clearly credited.

Analytical, instrumental, and spectroscopic techniques

Atomic hypothesis and discrete nature of matter


Bonding and structure

Combustion and calcination

Electricity, electrochemistry, and electrolyte solutions

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