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Number 1, Spring 1988

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TITLE Author Page
From the Editor's Desk William B. Jensen 3
Letters   3
Translations. Can you unravel the chemistry of this 18th century lecture demonstration?   3
The 1987 Dexter Address. Some thoughts on the roles of mathematics
and medicine in the emergence of early modern chemistry
Allen Debus 4
Diversions and Digressions. A picture of turn-of-the-century
American chemistry as seen through the eyes of a visiting German chemist
Chemical Artifacts. Rare earths and "medals" at the University of New Hampshire Paul Jones 8
Whatever Happened to ....? Used to illustrate the density
of carbon dioxide, the Grotta del Cane was a favorite textbook example for nearly two centuries
William Jensen 10
Questions and Queries. Did the Chinese discover oxygen?   12
The History of the Dexter Award. Part I of this continuing series
explores the origins of the Division's most important award.
Aaron Ihde 13
Book Notes
Essays on the History of Organic Chemistry,
James G. Traynham, Ed., Louisiana State University Press,
Baton Rouge and London, 1987.
Divisional News
Message from the Chair
Farewell from the Past Chair
Report of the Program Chair
Report of the Archeological Subsection
Election Results
Notes from Members
While in Toronto
Future Meetings
1988 Officers Directory
Parting Shots. The new divisional historian unravels
some arcane symbolism surrounding the divisional founder.
James Bohning 20