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Chemical creativity : ideas from the work of Woodward, Hückel, Meerwein, and others

Author: Jerome A Berson
Publisher: Weinheim ; New York : Wiley-VCH, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a marvelous book of people and chemical ideas! The author, Jerome Berson, is known as a chemical stylist, a physical organic chemist possessed of the highest analytical powers.

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: R B Woodward; Erich Hückel; Hans Meerwein; Erich Hückel; Hans Meerwein; R B Woodward
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome A Berson
ISBN: 3527297545 9783527297542
OCLC Number: 318391294
Description: xii, 195 p. : il., retratos. ; 24 cm
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 HUECKEL AND THE THEORY OF AROMATICITY - REFLECTIONS ON THEORY AND EXPERIMENT Debye-Huckel 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 Huckel'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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