Early applications of science date back to primitive humans, who discovered how to manipulate fire for their own benefit.  We had already become practicing chemists.  From this point onwards, man quickly experimented with the world around him, developing a practical knowledge of chemistry.  Principle interests in ancient societies were metallurgy, pottery, dyes and medicine.  All of these were developed with considerable enthusiasm and skill, even without a basic understanding of the underlying science.

Early Discoveries

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