The Chemistry of Time

By around 1778 or 1779, the Scottish chemist and entrepreneur James Keir had spent a decade seeking a commercial process for the production of alkalis. Alkalis had been used in the glass industry and in the glazing process for pottery for centuries. However, demand was growing rapidly throughout the 18 th century, with a growing market for soap (made by mixing alkalis with oil and then curdling it with salt) and for its use as a bleaching agent in the booming textile industry…

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