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Science of matter and the universe
Chemistry shelf. Pierre Antoine Tardieu, Aparicio el menor, 1804.
The Reference library offers open-access information journals in French and English, together with a collection of around 3,000 books: introductory and summary works, for example on quantum chemistry and crystallography, dictionaries and encyclopedias, summary academic textbooks at bachelor’s and scientific preparatory course level, including a large amount of material on organic chemistry, and materials preparing students specifically for the “CAPES” and “agrégation” higher teaching qualifications.
The Reference library also holds guides on equipment and safety in chemistry laboratories and compendia of standards, including for example La Chimie : hygiène et sécurité, together with the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
The Research library has an open-access collection of around 6,000 documents, including in particular the following:
Readers can also consult closed-stack materials in the Research library, such as N. Lemery’s Cours de chymie (1675), a thesis by F. Joliot-Curie (1935 Nobel prize winner), and French learned journals such as the Bulletin de la Société chimique de France.
Certain particularly valuable documents, such as Lavoisier’s Traité élémentaire de chimie (1789 edition) and Le fluor et ses composés by Henri Moissan (the first French winner of the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1906), are held in the Rare Books Reserve (Réserve des livres rares).
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