Monday, February 12, 2007

History of Carbohydrate Chemistry

In my continuing search for materials on the history of chemistry, I've been browsing the Web for carbohydrate chemistry. Here are some good sources. Reading about "how they came to know that" seems to help me understand and remember this material, which was always less than intuitive for me.

  • Web Articles by Edwin Thall including several good history of chemistry topics. I found this set of articles via Stereochemistry, Thall's discussion of three-dimensional organic chemistry, and how "they figured it out."
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation has extensive history of chemistry resources.
    CHF maintains a world-class collection of materials that document the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries; encourages research in CHF collections; and carries out a program of outreach and interpretation in order to advance an understanding of the role of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries in shaping society.

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