A Conversation for History of Chemistry - Acids and Bases

The taste test

Post 1


Surely the notion of dipping your finger into an unknown chemical compound and tasting it to see if it was one of the four Greek flavour categories, must have gone out of favour the first time the Greeks came across, say, nitric acid (once sipped, never forgotten), or perhaps good old prussic acid (cyanide)?

The taste test

Post 2

Dr Hell

Taste is still being tested in the old fashioned dip your finger way. This is how they discovered aspartame.

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