The Same and Not the Same

The Same and Not the Same

by Roald Hoffmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231101384

ISBN-13: 9780231101387

Pub. Date: 09/21/1995

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Positioned at the crossroads of the physical and biological sciences, chemistry deals with neither the infinitely small, nor the infinitely large, nor directly with life. So it is sometimes thought of as dull, the way things in the middle often are. But this middle ground is precisely where human beings exist, and, as Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann shows, the world at

Overview

Positioned at the crossroads of the physical and biological sciences, chemistry deals with neither the infinitely small, nor the infinitely large, nor directly with life. So it is sometimes thought of as dull, the way things in the middle often are. But this middle ground is precisely where human beings exist, and, as Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann shows, the world at the molecular level is complex and agitated, like the emotions of the supposedly dispassionate scientists who explore it. In The Same and Not the Same Hoffmann does for chemistry what Stephen Hawking did for cosmology: he illuminates a science that for many has been shrouded in mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231101387
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/21/1995
Series:
George B. Pegram Lecture Series
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Part 1Identity--the Central Problem1
1Lives of the Twins3
2What Are You?7
3Whirligigs11
4Fighting Reductionism18
5The Fish, the Worm, and the Molecule22
6Telling Them Apart25
7Isomerism26
8Are There Two Identical Molecules?32
9Handshakes in the Dark36
10Molecular Mimicry44
Part 2The Way It Is Told53
11The Chemical Article55
12And How It Came to Be That Way58
13Beneath the Surface62
14The Semiotics of Chemistry65
15What DOES That Molecule Look Like?69
16Representation and Reality75
17Struggles79
18The Id Will Out82
Part 3Making Molecules85
19Creation and Discovery87
20In Praise of Synthesis94
21Cubane, and the Art of Making It101
22The Aganippe Fountain107
23Natural/Unnatural111
24Out to Lunch116
25Why We Prefer the Natural118
26Janus and Nonlinearity124
Part 4When Something Is Wrong127
27Thalidomide129
28The Social Responsibility of Scientists139
Part 5How, Just Exactly, Does It Happen?141
29Mechanism143
30The Salieri Syndrome150
31Static/Dynamic153
32Equilibrium, and Perturbing It160
Part 6A Life in Chemistry165
33Fritz Haber167
Part 7That Certain Magic177
34Catalyst!179
35Three Ways184
36Carboxypeptidase190
Part 8Value, Harm, and Democracy197
37Tyrian Purple, Woad, and Indigo199
38Chemistry and Industry204
39Athens209
40The Democratizing Nature of Chemistry211
41Environmental Concerns213
42Science and Technology in Classical Democracy217
43Anti-Plato; or, Why Scientists (or Engineers) Shouldn't Run the World219
44A Response to Worries About the Environment222
45Chemistry, Education, and Democracy227
Part 9The Adventures of a Diatomic229
46C[subscript 2] in All Its Guises231
Part 10The Dualities That Enliven241
47Creation Is Hard Work243
48Missing246
49An Attribute of the Devil250
50Chemistry Tense, Full of Life?254
51Cheiron257
Notes261
Acknowledgments283
Index287

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