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S20A22 Miles Davis in American Culture

Human curiosity enabled the discovery of materials that allowed for survival and, eventually, wealth. Experimentation and ingenuity contributed to a gradual understanding of how to manipulate the material world in useful ways benefitting human life. History is often told through the materials previous civilizations and generations developed: stone tools, pottery, glass, mechanical manipulations, and chemical changes—advancements that facilitated both life and death. 

This course will survey our gradual discovery of the elements, how they have been utilized and understood, and how chemistry has helped shape history. 

Ralph Allen retired from the University of Virginia, where he taught courses in Public Health and Analytical Chemistry and served as Associate Vice President for Research. He has authored numerous scientific papers on the analysis of archeological materials from Egypt, Scandinavia, and North America.

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