Elegant Solutions

Ten Beautiful Experiments in Chemistry

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry

ISBN: 1782625461

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Devising and performing a scientific experiment is an art, and it is common to hear scientists talk about the 'beauty' of an experiment. What does this mean in chemistry, the experimental science par excellence? And what are the most beautiful chemical experiments of all time? This book offers ten suggestions for where beauty might reside in experimental chemistry. In some cases the beauty lies in the clarity of conception; sometimes it is a feature of the instrumental design. But for chemistry, there can also be a unique beauty in the way atoms are put together to make new molecules, substances not known in nature. The ten experiments described here offer a window into the way that chemists think and work, and how what they do affects the rest of science and the wider world. This book aims to stimulate the reader to think anew about some of the relationships and differences between science and art, and to challenge some of the common notions about particular 'famous experiments'. Elegant Solutions: Ten Beautiful Experiments in Chemistry is accessible to all readers, including those without a scientific background and can provide an unusual point of entry into some of the basic concepts of chemistry. Phillip Ball is a renowned, prolific, award winning science writer.

Beauty in Chemistry

Artistry in the Creation of New Molecules

Author: Luigi Fabbrizzi

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642283411

Category: Science

Page: 169

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The Beauty of Chemistry in the Words of Writers and in the Hands of Scientists, by Margherita Venturi, Enrico Marchi und Vincenzo Balzani Living in a Cage Is a Restricted Privilege, by Luigi Fabbrizzi Inner and Outer Beauty, by Kenneth N. Raymond und Casey J. Brown The Mechanical Bond: A Work of Art, by Carson J. Bruns und J. Fraser Stoddart The Beauty of Knots at the Molecular Level, by Jean-Pierre Sauvage und David B. Amabilino

The Nature of the Mechanical Bond

From Molecules to Machines

Author: Carson J. Bruns,J. Fraser Stoddart

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119044006

Category: Science

Page: 786

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An introduction to the mechanical bond -- The fundamentals of making mechanical bonds -- Making mechanical bonds under thermodynamic control -- Molecular topologies and architectures with mechanical bonds -- The stereochemistry of the mechanical bond -- Molecular switches and machines with mechanical bonds

Candid Science III

More Conversations with Famous Chemists

Author: István Hargittai

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781860943379

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 507

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"This is the third volume of the Candid Science series"--p.vii.

The Same and Not the Same

Author: Roald Hoffmann

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231101394

Category: Science

Page: 294

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Nobel laureate Roald Hoffman confronts some of the major ethical controversies in chemistry today. Expertly weaving together examples from the worlds of art, literature, and philosophy, Hoffmann illustrates his uniquely accessible dialectic about the creative activity of chemists.

Universe of Stone

Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: N.A


Category: Architecture, Gothic

Page: 322

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1) In the twelfth century, Christians in Europe began to build a completely new kind of church u not the squat, gloomy buildings we now call Romanesque, but soaring, spacious monuments flooded with light from immense windows. 2) The inception of the age of Gothic architecture in the late twelfth century marked a profound change in the way some prominent Western intellectuals and theologians pictured the Universe and humanity's realtionship with it. 3) They began to imagine a God who built the cosmos using logical 'rules', based on geometry, that mankind could deduce using the faculty of reason. 4) This faith in an ordered, rational and harmonious universe was given physical expression in the great cathedrals, and more than any other in Chartres Cathedral, an unparalleled feat of craftsmanship in which all the elements of the new style cohered perfectly for the first time. 5) This change in thinking was by no means universal, and it led to furious debates about how far it was 'proper' to enquire into the nature of the universe. These conflicts marks the beginning of the tensions that are still felt today between faith and reason. 6) Universe of Stone establishes Chartres Cathedral's iconic role in Europe's history: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, a philosophy made concrete through the cooperation of theologians, craftsmen and engineers. It shows us that there are other ways of seeing the world and reveals, as never before, the complex workings of the medieval mind.

Discovering Water

James Watt, Henry Cavendish, and the Nineteenth Century 'Water Controversy'

Author: David Philip Miller

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754631774

Category: History

Page: 316

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The 'water controversy' concerns one of the central discoveries of modern science, that water is not an element but rather a compound. The allocation of priority in this discovery was contentious in the 1780s and has occupied a number of 20th century historians. The matter is tied up with the larger issues of the so-called chemical revolution of the late eighteenth century. A case can be made for James Watt or Henry Cavendish or Antoine Lavoisier as having priority in the discovery depending upon precisely what the discovery is taken to consist of, however, neither the protagonists themselves in the 1780s nor modern historians qualify as those most fervently interested in the affair. In fact, the controversy attracted most attention in early Victorian Britain some fifty to seventy years after the actual work of Watt, Cavendish and Lavoisier. The central historical question to which the book addresses itself is why the priority claims of long dead natural philosophers so preoccupied a wide range of people in the later period. The answer to the question lies in understanding the enormous symbolic importance of James Watt and Henry Cavendish in nineteenth-century science and society. More than credit for a particular discovery was at stake here. When we examine the various agenda of the participants in the Victorian phase of the water controversy we find it driven by filial loyalty and nationalism but also, most importantly, by ideological struggles about the nature of science and its relation to technological invention and innovation in British society. At a more general, theoretical, level, this study also provides important insights into conceptions of the nature of discovery as they are debated by modern historians, philosophers and sociologists of science.

Francis Bacon

A Sketch of His Life, Works and Literary Friends, Chiefly from a Bibliographical Point of View

Author: George Walter Steeves

Publisher: Audubon Press& Christian Book service

ISBN: 1408665212

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

View: 4721


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