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Chemical Creativity: Ideas from the Work of Woodward, Huckel, Meerwein, and Others / Edition 1
     

Chemical Creativity: Ideas from the Work of Woodward, Huckel, Meerwein, and Others / Edition 1

by Jerome A. Berson, Jerome A. Bearson
 

ISBN-10: 3527297545

ISBN-13: 9783527297542

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Wiley

Where are the origins of chemical ideas? How did the pioneers in chemistry recognize the fundamental intellectual issues of their time? What skills of reasoning and experiment did they use to solve these problemes? How did the circumstances of personality and competition influence their careers and scientific accomplishments? If we can answer these questions, we may

Overview

Where are the origins of chemical ideas? How did the pioneers in chemistry recognize the fundamental intellectual issues of their time? What skills of reasoning and experiment did they use to solve these problemes? How did the circumstances of personality and competition influence their careers and scientific accomplishments? If we can answer these questions, we may be able to improve our own chances of success in research.

»This is a marvelous book of people and chemical ideas! The author, Jerry Berson, is known as a chemical stylist, a physical organic chemist possessed of the highest analytical powers. In a unique approach to the history of chemistry (indeed the history of science) he brings that style, as well as his insider's knowledge and a perceptive sensivity to the societal setting of chemists, to the analysis of some key chapters in modern organic chemistry.« Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783527297542
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
The Nature of Science and the History of Science
An Experiment
DISCOVERIES MISSED, DISCOVERIES MADE -
TWO CASE STUDIES OF CREATIVITY IN CHEMISTRY
Science and the Individual
Diels, Alder, Their Competitors, and the Discovery of the Diene Synthesis
Thiele
The Alternation Effect and the Discovery of Orbital Symmetry
ERICH HÜCKEL AND THE THEORY OF AROMATICITY -
REFLECTIONS ON THEORY AND EXPERIMENT
Debye-Hückel Theory of Electrolytic Solutions
Nature of the Double Bond
Hybridization in Double Bonds
Benzene Problem
MO Description of Conjugated Cyclic Compounds
Orbital Symmetry (Woodward-Hoffmann Rules)
Extension of Cyclic p-Electron MO Theory to Transition States of Pericyclic Reactions
Violation of Hund's Rule in Biradicals
Reflections on Hückel's Career
THE DIENONE-PHENOL MYSTERIES
Isolations of Estrogens
Approaches to the Estrogens by Aromatization of Ring A
Alicyclic Steroids
Woodward's Challenge
Misgivings about the Structures
Why did Woodward Undertake the Correction of the Phenolic Structures?
Woodward and the Total Synthesis of Steroids
Approaches and Achievements
Mechanistic Motivation
MEDITATIONS ON THE SPECIAL CONVICTIVE POWER OF SYMMETRIZATION EXPERIMENTS
Enolization as a Mechanism of Symmetrization
The Menthone Problem
Tricyclene and the Wagner-Meerwein Rearrangement
The Pinacol Controversy
The Favorskii Rearrangement
Symmetrization
Racemization Machines with no Achiral Parts
Direct Nucleophilic Displacement Reaction
The Walden Inversion
Biological and Evolutionary Attraction of Symmetry
Epilogue

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