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An accessible insider's view of chemistry, this volume helps explain a science that to most of us remains shrouded in mystery. Hoffmann explores the pressing environmental and ecological issues of our time, and confronts some of the major ethical controversies in chemistry today. More than 100 illustrations and photos enhance this sweeping exploration of modern chemistry.
Part One: Identity—the Central Problem 1. Lives of the Twins2. What Are You? 3. Whirligigs4. Fighting Reductionism5. The Fish, the Worm, and the Molecule6. Telling Them Apart7. Isomerism8. Are There Two Identical Molecules? 9. Handshakes in the Dark10. Molecular MimicryPart Two: The Way It Is Told 11. The Chemical Article12. And How It Came to Be That Way13. Beneath the Surface14. The Semiotics of Chemistry15. What DOES That Molecule Look Like? 16. Representation and Reality17. Struggles18. The Id Will OutPart Three: Making Molecules 19. Creation and Discovery20. In Praise of Synthesis21. Cubane, and the Art of Making It22. The Aganippe Fountain23. Natural/Unnatural24. Out to Lunch25. Why We Prefer the Natural26. Janus and NonlinearityPart Four: When Something is Wrong 27. Thalidomide28. The Social Responsibility of ScientistsPart Five: How, Just Exactly, Does it Happen? 29. Mechanism30. The Salieri Syndrome31. Static/Dynamic32. Equilibrium and Perturbing ItPart Six: A Life in Chemistry 33. Fritz HaberPart Seven: That Certain Magic 34. Catalyst!35. Three Ways36. CarboxypeptidasePart Eight: Value, Harm, and Democracy 37. Tyrian Purple, Woad, and Indigo38. Chemistry and Industry39. Athens40. The Democratizing Nature of Chemistry41. Environmental Concerns42. Science and Technology in Classical Democracy43. Anti-Plato; or, Why Scientists (or Engineers) Shouldn't Run the World44. A Response to Worries About the Environment45. Chemistry, Education, and DemocracyPart Nine: The Adventures of a Diatomic 46. C2 In All Its GuisesPart Ten: The Dualities That Enliven 47. Creation Is Hard Work48. Missing49. An Attribute of the Devil50. Chemistry Tense, Full of Life? 51. Cheiron
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