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Oxygen : a play in two acts

Author: Carl Djerassi; Roald Hoffmann
Publisher: Weinheim ; New York : Wiley-VCH, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is discovery? Why is it important to be first? These questions trouble the characters in 'Oxygen'. The action alternates between 1777 and 2001, the Centenary of the Nobel Prize, when the Nobel Foundation decides to inaugurate a 'retro-Nobel' award for discoveries that preceded the establishment of the Prize in 1901. The Foundation thinks this will be easy. In the good old days, wasn't science done for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Fiction
History
Fictional Works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Djerassi, Carl.
Oxygen.
Weinheim ; New York : Wiley-VCH, c2001
(OCoLC)647027516
Named Person: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Joseph Priestley; Carl Wilhelm Scheele; Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Joseph Priestley; Carl Wilhelm Scheele; Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Joseph Priestley; Carl Wilhelm Scheele
Material Type: Biography, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Djerassi; Roald Hoffmann
ISBN: 3527304134 9783527304134
OCLC Number: 46567633
Description: vii, 119 p. : ill., facsims. ; 21 cm.
Contents: By the same Authors. --
Foreword. --
Production History. --
Cast of Characters. --
Scene 1. --
Intermezzo 1. --
Scene 2. --
Intermezzo 2. --
Scene 3. --
Scene 4. --
Intermezzo 3. --
Scene 5. --
Scene 6. --
Scene 7. --
Scene 8. --
Scene 9. --
Intermezzo 4. --
Scene 10. --
Intermezzo 5. --
Scene 11. --
Scene 12. --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann.
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"Oxygen" is a play about priorities and competition in science and the resulting consequences. The play deals with the discovery of oxygen as well as revolutions - both chemical and political. And  Read more...

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"...the mere existence of the play is to be applauded, and the authors congratulated." (Education in Chemistry, November 2001) "The play works very well." (The Lancet, 17 November 2001) "Oxygen is an Read more...

 
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