The history of laboratories is inextricably linked to the history of chemistry. From the early 2000s at the Chemical Laboratory, International College of Mahidol University, Thailand, to the work of Hofmann in 1842 at the Ludwigs-Universität zu Gießen, laboratories have been a key part of scientific progress. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica (177), a laboratory is “the chemist's workhouse, as the place where pharmacists and pyrotechnicians do their work.” In the post-Sputnik era, new approaches were included in science curricula. These included knowledge of scientific facts, laws, theories and applications, as well as secondary applications of previously discussed concepts (Table 1-1).
Scientists' activities can be typified into two categories: research and teaching (Table 1-2). Similarly, school laboratory experiences can be divided into two types: those that are focused on research and those that are focused on teaching (Table 1-3).The laboratory has been an integral part of scientific progress for centuries. From its humble beginnings as a place for chemists to do their work, it has evolved into a place where pharmacists and pyrotechnicians can conduct their research and experiments. In addition, school laboratories have become an important part of science curricula, providing students with hands-on experience in both research and teaching. The history of laboratories is an important part of understanding the development of science.
From its beginnings in the early 2000s to its current role in education and research, the laboratory has been a key part of scientific progress.