• Early chemists focused on practical questions – how to make dyes and perfumes, soap manufacture, uses of metals, and glass production.
  • People just wanted to make things that would improve their lives in some way.
  • The field of chemistry began to develop rapidly in the 1700s.
  • The work of Alessandro Volta, Humphry Davy, and Michael Faraday eventually led to the development of batteries that provided a source of electricity to power a number of devices.
  • Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) invented dynamite.
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