Essay on The History of Chemistry

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Chemistry is defined as, “the study of the composition, structure, and properties of matter, the processes that matter undergoes, and the energy changes that accompany these processes” (Davis 3). Chemistry has been around since the dawn of time, way before humans realized what chemistry was or its importance. The building blocks of the earth, such as minerals of the soil and atmospheric gases, all arise from chemical elements. Natural resources are all chemicals or chemical compounds, and the study of such resources is what began the Chemical Revolution of the 18th century. Today, chemists still toil away, attempting to understand the reactions of the universe. Chemistry is a timeless field of study, and will continue to be so long into…show more content…
Water is a natural resource that is vital for all life on Earth. Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon, and other gases of the atmosphere can be found on the periodic table. Needless to say, natural resources have been important in advancing the field of chemistry. Joseph Priestly, an Englishman, is most well-known for discovering elemental oxygen. He also, with the help of Benjamin Franklin, published The History of Electricity (1767), and in the 1770’s published how to carbonate water (Chemical Heritage Foundation). These discoveries involving natural resources have changed the way we live.
Another example of natural resources advancing the field of chemistry lies in the way we make and use energy. The United States and other developed countries use fossil fuels like petroleum, natural gas, and coal to provide electricity and fuel our vehicles. The burning of fossil fuels for energy is a combustion reaction, releasing gases into the atmosphere, most of which are harmful to the ozone layer (Chemical Heritage Foundation). This example demonstrates our successes as a race, advancing technology like transportation and electricity, but also shows the way that chemistry can cause problems when we are not careful.
Daily chemistry helps advance the way we live today. The way humans harness and use energy is changing, because of the way our recklessness with fuel has harmed the environment. Michael Tinnesand wrote an article for Chemistry
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