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Anglo-American Connections in Japanese Chemistry: The Lab as by Yoshiyuki Kikuchi

By Yoshiyuki Kikuchi

Anglo-Japanese and American-Japanese connections in chemistry had a huge influence at the institutionalization of clinical and technological better schooling in Japan from the past due 19th century and onwards. They helped outline the constitution of eastern clinical pedagogical and study process that lasted good into the post-World global II interval of huge technological improvement, while it grew to become one of many largest services of chemists and chemical engineers on the earth subsequent to Europe and the us. In telling this tale, Anglo-American Connections in eastern Chemistry explores a number of websites of technology schooling equivalent to educating laboratories and school rooms - the place British and American lecturers mingled with jap scholars - to shed new mild at the lab as a domain of worldwide human stumble upon and complex social kinfolk that formed medical perform.

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Bridging Past and Future: The Nankō in the Early 1870s When the new Meiji government took over the Kaisei-jo in 1868 and reopened it in December 1869 as the Daigaku Nankō (which was renamed the Nankō the following year), it had inherited a “Japanese” institution of Western foreign learning whose pedagogy was dominated by the teaching of the art of translating and interpreting texts in small rooms and that was exclusively taught by Japanese teachers; the institution faced serious pedagogical difficulties, particularly in chemistry.

26 His philosophy of proper university science education is best expressed in A Plea for Pure Science, his inaugural address in 1870 as the first dean of UCL’s Faculty of Science. 28 Charles Graham in his student days at UCL was strongly influenced by of Williamson and his liberal science model. 31 Graham concentrated on studying scientific subjects at UCL in accordance with Williamson’s liberal science model. Graham was appointed assistant to Williamson around this time, and he was awarded a doctor of science degree from the same institution in 1866 while tutoring Japanese students.

The Japanese words gaku and gakumon meant scholarly activities generally, largely based on the Confucian scholarly reading and interpreting Chinese classics as the primary model. The Japanese word for science used today, kagaku, was coined in the early Meiji period. Before then it was difficult to express ideas on the relationship between science and technology in a manner that translates easily to Western concepts. Furthermore, the Western dichotomy between science and technology was itself unfamiliar to Japanese students.

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