Item #29132 The Study of Chemical Composition - An Account of its Method and Historical Development with Illustrative Quotations. Ida Freund.
The Study of Chemical Composition - An Account of its Method and Historical Development with Illustrative Quotations
The Study of Chemical Composition - An Account of its Method and Historical Development with Illustrative Quotations
First woman University Chemistry Lecturer in UK

The Study of Chemical Composition - An Account of its Method and Historical Development with Illustrative Quotations

Cambridge: Cambridge at the University Press 1904. First Edition. xvi, 650, [4] (ads) pages. Plus folding table extra to the pagination. 8vo. Original light green cloth boards with black titling to spine and front board. Corner tips and base of spine bumped. Light wear overall, clearly a read copy. While dated 1904 on the title page (the usual first edition indication for this publisher) and no indication to the contrary, this volume has a cloth binding which is different than the usual green cloth/gilt binding and appears to be cheaper from a production standards perspective. We have priced it accordingly. Very Good. Cloth. [29132]


"Ida Freund (5 April 1863 – 15 May 1914) was the first woman to be a university chemistry lecturer in the United Kingdom. She is known for her influence on science teaching, particularly the teaching of women and girls. She wrote two key chemistry textbooks and invented the idea of baking periodic table cupcakes, as well as inventing a gas measuring tube, which was named after her...Freund is known for her interest in science education, and in particular for improving science teaching in girls' schools. At the time, in Cambridge, women could not work in the same laboratories as men so Freund taught special classes in the Chemistry labs at Newnham College. She also wrote textbooks and organised holiday workshops for women teachers. Freund experimented with different teaching techniques, favouring Wilhelm Ostwald's approach, in which "[t]he main facts of chemistry are dealt with in the form of a dialogue between a teacher and a pupil". She insisted that her students read original research and test the validity of published work – a revolutionary approach for the time, for which she was criticised. However, she had a significant influence on the teaching techniques of the time and was much loved by her students.

Hutchinson and Thomas, the editors of her posthumously published textbook The Fundamental Principles of Chemistry, described her teaching ethos thus "Miss Freund had a dread of thoughtless experimenting and slipshod thinking. She felt strongly that much that passes for training in science has little relation to scientific method and is of small educational value." They quote her as saying, " I aimed at giving by means of class teaching not only a common ground of knowledge but also a common standard concerning the nature of scientific proof and the meaning of real accuracy".

She opposed the introduction of domestic science teaching in girls' schools as a substitute for fundamental scientific education but made use of her own baking and culinary skills to create engaging teaching resources. " (Wikipedia)

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