The purposes of this Revised Nuffield Chemistry option were to review the historical development of a field of chemistry with special reference to its applied and social aspects; to study the life and work of one or more famous scientists working in the field; to create an interest in the original writings of scientists; and to carry on laboratory reconstructions of key historical experiments or practical techniques. Under O-level regulations this was a teacher-assessed option which allowed considerable freedom of interpretation.
Two schemes were outlined, with practical details, in the student booklet.
Scheme A: Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday and the history of electrochemistry
A1: The lives of Davy and Faraday
A2: Davy’s researches in electrochemistry
A3: Faraday’s researches in electrochemistry
A4: Later developments in electrochemistry
A5: Study topics
Scheme B: The history of dyeing
B1: An outline history of dyes
B2: Natural dyes
B3: The discovery of mauveine
B4: Modern synthetic dyes
B5: Study topics