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'How should a chemist understand brewing?' Beer and theory around 1800

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April
132012

13:00 - 14:00

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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

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Eighteenth-century chemists could gain useful income and patronage as advisors to industry – and some of the wealthiest and most influential industrialists were brewers. Making chemical knowledge credible to this audience, however, was not always easy: most brewers trusted the direct lessons of the brewhouse – and also the counting-house – to those of the laboratory. This talk discusses how chemists tried to resolve these problems, and how they were challenged by experienced brewers promoting a scientific identity of their own.

'How should a chemist understand brewing?' Beer and theory around 1800

Public history of science lecture by Dr James Sumner

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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