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Course title -
Course code KCH/HICHC
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Křížek Martin, prof. Ing. CSc.
Course content
Chemistry, its historical background (technologies: fermentation, pottery, pigments). Chemistry, its historical background (technologies: metals, glass, dye-works, drugs, cosmetics). Chemistry and its ancestor - alchemy. The aims of alchemy. Ancient Greece, Roma, Arabic world. Medieval Europe, important persons of alchemy (Geber, Avicenna, Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Raimundus Lullus, Arnald of Villanova). Alchemy in courts of aristocracy in Czech Kingdom. The speech of alchemy, astroalchemy. Compounds discovered by alchemists, laboratory and technological processes. Iatrochemistry, Paracelsus, Tachenius, Basilius Valentinus. Beginnings of scientific chemistry, first theories of gases (van Helmont). Phlogiston theory. (Becher, Stahl), chemistry in the 16. and 17.century. Scientific chemistry is coming. 18. century, Newton, Lomonosov, Lavoisier, Scheele, Cavendish, Priestley, the end of phlogiston theory. Chemical composition of matter is still question. The chemical laws (Proust, Dalton, Gay-Lussac, Avogadro,). The beginnings of atomic theory. Atomic and molecular weight. Periodic table, Mendelejev. The time of discovery of new elements. The heritage of historical chemistry.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 62 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to understand the historical links in the origins and evolution of chemical subjects. Such knowledge is a suitable complement to basic chemical subjects. History of chemistry is especially suitable for students studying chemistry teaching.
The knowledge of basic historical events related to the evolution of chemistry since pre-alchemy period to the period of current chemical disciplines (chemistry inorganic, organic, physical chemistry, biochemistry, etc.).
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of chemistry, the knowledge of individual chemical subjects.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination

Basic knowledge of chemistry, the knowledge of individual chemical subjects.
Recommended literature
  • Basilius Valentinus. The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony. Amsterdam, 1685.
  • Claus Priesner, Karin Figala. Lexikon alchymie a hermetických věd. Vyšehrad, Praha, 2006. ISBN 80-7021-815-0.
  • Josef Budiš a kol. Historie chemie slovem a obrazem. MU PřF, Brno, 1995. ISBN 80-210-1080-0.
  • Juan Vernet. Arabské Španělsko a evropská vzdělanost. vyd.L.Marek, Brno, 2007. ISBN 978-80-86263-99-1.
  • Karl Frick. Osvícení v tradici gnosticko-teosofických a alchymicko-rosenkruciánských tajných společností do konce 18. století: příspěvek k duchovním dějinám novověku. Praha, 2014. ISBN 978-80-200-2257-8.
  • kol. Encyklopedické listy 11 - Chemikové. Encyklopedický dům sro., Praha, 1998. ISBN 80-86044-11-4.
  • Mircea Eliade. Kováři a alchymisté. Argo, Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-7203-320.
  • Paul Strathern. Mendělejevův sen, putování po stopách prvků. BB/art, sro., Praha, 2005. ISBN 80-7341-543-7.
  • Petr Vágner. Theatrum Chemicum. Paseka, Praha, 1995. ISBN 80-7185-027-6.
  • Petra Chourová. Alchymisté nebo šarlatáni. John Dee a Edward Kelley.. Praha, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7277-456-2.
  • Philip Ball. Ďáblův doktor. Paracelsus a svět renesanční magie a vědy.. Praha, 2009. ISBN 978-80-200-1676-8.
  • René Alleau. Aspekty tradiční alchymie. Merkuryáš, Praha, 1993. ISBN 80-900021-7-X.
  • René Alleau. Hermés a dějiny věd. Trigon, Praha, 1995. ISBN 80-85320-61-4.
  • Siegfried Engels, Alois Nowak. Chemické prvky, historie a současnost. SNTL, Praha, 1977.
  • Vladimír Karpenko. Alchymie, dcera omylu. Práce, Praha, 1988.
  • Vladimír Karpenko. Alchymie, nauka mezi snem a skutečností. Praha, 2007. ISBN 978-80200-1491-7.
  • Vladimír Karpenko. Alchymie, svět pohádek a legend. Praha, 2008. ISBN 978-80-200-1579-2.


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