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From Alchemy to Chemistry: Five Hundred Years of Rare and Interesting Books This website grew out of an exhibit held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rare Book Room in April 2000. The Eastern Illinois Section of the American Chemical Society provided support for the construction of this website. The exhibit, "From Alchemy to Chemistry: 500 Years of Rare and Interesting Books," was co-curated by Tina Chrzastowski (Chemistry Librarian), Vera Mainz (Director, VOICE NMR Lab, School of Chemical Sciences), and Gregory Girolami (Professor of Chemistry). In the exhibit, the curators tried to convey some of the major shifts in the study of chemistry - not just the movement from alchemy to modern science - but also the way chemists changed the way they talked about their field. One of the themes of the exhibit is how chemists through the ages have used symbols to depict compounds and chemicals - sometimes as secret codes, as with alchemists, sometimes in standardized nomenclature, as with chemists. The exhibit shows how the "standard" nomenclature of chemistry changed many times over the years. See UIUC Press Release for more general information about the exhibit. The exhibit contained thirty-six books, dating from 1500 to 1964. The links below connect to pages that describe each item and its author, and contain selected images from the pages of the book. Alternatively, you can use the buttonbar to view the exhibit items. NOTE: The background file for these pages is 325 KB in size. If this causes a substantial delay in loading, the following will link you to a "background-free" exhibit . PAULING , LINUS (1901 - 1994), HAYWARD, ROGER. The Architecture of Molecules . San Francisco and London, 1964. Other Links of Interest: This page has had .