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Conversations on chemistry: in which the elements of that science are familiarly explained and illustrated by experiments and plates: to which are added, some late discoveries on the subject of the fixed alkalies, 1813
This book provides an introduction to chemistry meant for middle class women, who typically had limited science education and exposure to chemistry. Davy called upon Marcet, a frequent attendee of his public demonstrations on chemistry, to explain complicated chemical concepts in informal, common language. Sir Humphry Davy was a friend of Mary Shelley's father, William Godwin, whose home attracted many intellectuals of the time. Shelley recorded in her diary that she was reading Davy's Elements of chemical philosophy when she was writing Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus (1818).
Courtesy National Library of Medicine
Creator:Humphry Davy (1778–1829),
Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769–1858)