19 de abril de 2018

New book "Lavoisier e Parthenope"

Guerra Corinna, Lavoisier e Parthenope. Contributo ad una storia della chimica del regno di Napoli, Naples, Società Napoletana di Storia Patria & Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, 2017, V, 391 p. : ill. ; 24 cm  ISBN 9788880440857, 25 euros. Preface by Renata De Lorenzo; Introduction by Maurizio Torrini.
The French Revolution inexorably marked the year 1789 as a turning point in European history, but it wasn’t the only revolution that year that began in France and went on to shake the world. 
The Chemical Revolution, led by Antoine Lavoisier, dramatically reorganized the discipline of chemistry with new methodological premises and new discoveries. Like all revolutionary movements, the nouvelle chimie was not accepted or acted upon in the same ways or at the same times by communities of scholars as it swept across Europe.
The enormity of its impact on chemists in the Kingdom of Naples was no exception. The largest kingdom in Italy at the time, and the site of Parthenope, the third largest city in Europe, with a name that linked it to the myth of the sirens, Naples already had a long tradition of research and publication.
The author, examining the printed and manuscript texts derived from the work of a diverse set of scholars in the fields of pneumatic, volcanological and medical-pharmaceutical chemistry, gives us a compelling and deeply researched portrait of the Neapolitan chemists who confronted the new theory in their efforts to adopt or refute it. The result is a lively recounting of the scientific life of Parthenope in the second half of the 18th century. The author illuminates the chaotic tangle of personalities who carried out experiments guided by these new principles, who struggled with issues of chemical analysis and who taught the new discipline. She ably demonstrates how the peculiar geochemical properties of the area, dominated by Mount Vesuvius, and the political turmoil of the day, such as the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799, conditioned the history of chemistry in the kingdom.
In September 2017, the book received financing from the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage for publications of significant cultural interest. 

Corinna Guerra currently pursues her research on Vesuvius as natural laboratory as an honorary research associate at the Laboratoire d’Excellence HASTEC (Histoire et Anthropologie des Savoirs, des Techniques et des Croyances) and at University College London. She is a graduate in Philosophy at the University of Bari (Italy), where also she obtained her PhD in the History of Science. From 2011 to 2013, she was a fellow of the Italian Institute for Historical Studies (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici) and a fellow of the Neapolitan Society of National History (Società Napoletana di Storia Patria). In 2016, she was a post-doc researcher at the Centre Alexandre Koyré (EHESS-CNRS- MNHN) in Paris. guerra.corinna@gmail.com
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