A brief history of enzymology

Most of the topics in this brief overview are covered in more detail in the following chapters. For further reading into enzymology 5, 18, 45 are suggested. If you have to deal with rate equations in special cases 70 is still useful. The properties of catalysts were described by the German-Russian chemist Gottlieb Sigismund Constantin Kirchhoff, who could show in 1812 that the hydrolysis of starch to glucose is accelerated by acid, and that the acid is not used up in the process1. In 1814 he...