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Foreword Mary Archer 1. The deplorable frenzy: the slow legitimisation of chemistry at Cambridge Kevin Knox 2. Vignani and after: chemical enterprise in Cambridge 1680-1780 Simon Schaffer and Larry Stewart 3. Richard Wason: gaiters and gunpowder Colin Russell 4. Lavoisier's chemistry comes to Cambridge: Christopher Haley and Peter Wothers 5. Smithson Tennant: the innovative and eccentric eighth professor of chemistry Melvyn Usselman 6. Coming and going: the erratic career of James Cumming William Brock 7. Chemistry at Cambridge under George Downing Liveing John Shorter 8. The rise and fall of the papal state Arnold Thackray and Mary-Ellen Bowden 9. Alexander Todd: a new direction in organic chemistry James Baddiley and Daniel Brown 10. Ralph Alexander Raphael: organic synthesis - elegance, efficiency and the unexpected Bill Nolan, Robert Ramage and Dudley Williams 11. Discovering the wonders of how nature builds its molecules Alan Battersby 12. Chemistry in a changing world: new tools for the modern molecule maker Steven Ley.