From Alchemy to Chemistry
Unabridged Dover republication (1995) of the 1961 second corrected edition of the work originally published by G. Bell and Sons, Ltd., London in 1957 under the title Through Alchemy to Chemistry: A Procession of Ideas & Personalities.
Broad, humanistic treatment concentrates on the great figures of chemistry and the ideas that revolutionized the science, from earliest h
It did a nice job of informing me on what alchemy actually was. In simple terms it is a pre-chemistry with religious/spiritual influence.
It gives a nice history starting from the earliest days of conception to now mentioning important roles society and certain people played into contributing to form the chemistry we know today.