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Subject: Suggestion: International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC-2011)

International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC-2011)

365: Chemistry for Life

"Submit ideas for a favourite element, compound, discovery, process, chemist, or chemistry innovation at www.acs.org/iyc2011, by June 30, 2010. Suggestions should fall into one of four categories: energy, environment, materials or health."

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The area of the history of chemistry is my particular interest. One of many scientists / text book authors that I have written about is E. L. Youmans. The work to which I would like to draw attention is the "Chemical Atlas or the Chemistry of familiar objects" (1854) published by D. Appleton and Company. The surprise about these imaginative pictures is that Youmans was only partially sighted (very nearly blind) and that he thought up these colourful pictures of common chemical themes. If you can not get hold of the book,I would be able to send some pages as attachments.

I am sure some pages are on the internet. One page is at University of Illinois Library:

http://www.scs.uiuc.edu/~mainzv/exhibit/youmans.htm

Another at:

http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2007/12/aggregate.html

It would be wonderful if the ACS / UNESCO could publish a calendar of all the pictures in this book, but one picture say Plate XII " Plants, Animals and the air' as part of a booklet or calendar would remind chemists of their heritage.

Yours sincerely

Dr W. P. Palmer, FRSC, FRACI

Member of ACS