The Science of Chemistry

Did you know that the science of chemistry is considered to be the center of all science because it connects all the other natural sciences? Chemistry is a physical science that looks at the structure and properties of matter and the changes that it goes through.

Chemistry has a very expansive history. It was first developed by Aristotle when he formalized the four elements; fire, air, earth and water. It was centuries later when Robert Boyle and other started to reshape alchemical traditions into a scientific discipline. This is why Boyle is believed to be the Father of Chemistry. He came up with Boyle’s law; which describes how the gas pressure can increase as the volume of gas decreases. Several other scientists also contributed to what is modern day chemistry. Among them was John Dalton; who came up with the idea that everything is made of atoms and that those atoms all have different weights. William Prout proposed that all elements should be arranged by the weight of atoms.

There are 5 main branches of chemistry that people have now begun to study. Organic chemistry looks and studies all the elements that contain Carbon. Which is just about everything, so this branch is very extensive. Inorganic on the other hand; looks at things that do not have carbon, such as metal and gas. Biochemistry looks at the chemical process that happens within all living organisms. Analytical chemistry measures physical and chemical properties. While physical chemistry studies the physical aspects of the chemicals, and combines physics with chemistry.