Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry

Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry

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by Jeffrey Kovac
     
 

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Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann's contributions to chemistry are well known. Less well known, however, is that over a career that spans nearly fifty years, Hoffmann has thought and written extensively about a wide variety of other topics, such as chemistry's relationship to philosophy, literature, and the arts, including the nature of chemical reasoning, the role of…  See more details below

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Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann's contributions to chemistry are well known. Less well known, however, is that over a career that spans nearly fifty years, Hoffmann has thought and written extensively about a wide variety of other topics, such as chemistry's relationship to philosophy, literature, and the arts, including the nature of chemical reasoning, the role of symbolism and writing in science, and the relationship between art and craft and science. In Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry, Jeffrey Kovac and Michael Weisberg bring together twenty-eight of Hoffmann's most important essays. Gathered here are Hoffmann's most philosophically significant and interesting essays and lectures, many of which are not widely accessible. In essays such as "Why Buy That Theory," "Nearly Circular Reasoning," "How Should Chemists Think," "The Metaphor, Unchained," "Art in Science," and "Molecular Beauty," we find the mature reflections of one of America's leading scientists. Organized under the general headings of Chemical Reasoning and Explanation, Writing and Communicating, Art and Science, Education, and Ethics, these stimulating essays provide invaluable insight into the teaching and practice of science.

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ISBN-13:
9780199755905
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/23/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,137,885
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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Jeffrey Kovac is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee. Michael Weisberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
REB More than 1 year ago
In addition to being a great chemist, Nobelist Roald Hoffmann is also a poet, playwright, and essayist. This wonderful collection of twenty eight of the latter covers a lot of ground including thinking about chemistry and by chemists, communication of chemistry, the blend of art and science, chemical education, and ethics in science. Highly recommended to chemistry students, teachers, and the scientifically aware general public.