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Roald Hoffmann on the philosophy, art, and science of chemistry

Author: Roald Hoffmann; Jeffrey Kovac; Michael Weisberg
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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"Roald Hoffmann's contributions to chemistry are well known; this Nobel laureate has published more than 500 articles and two books. As an "applied theoretical chemist," he has made significant contributions to our understanding of chemical bonding and reactivity, and taught two generations of chemists how to use molecular orbitals for real chemistry. Less well known, however, are Hoffmann's important and insightful  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roald Hoffmann; Jeffrey Kovac; Michael Weisberg
ISBN: 9780199755905 0199755906
OCLC Number: 713186742
Description: xxiii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Trying to understand, making bonds / Roald Hoffmann --
Part 1: Chemical Reasoning and Explanation. 2. Why buy that theory? / Roald Hoffmann --
3. What might philosophy of science look like if chemists built it? / Roald Hoffmann --
4. Unstable / Roald Hoffmann --
5. Nearly circular reasoning / Roald Hoffmann --
6. Ockham's razor and chemistry / Roald Hoffmann, Vladimir I. Minkin, and Barry K. Carpenter --
7. Qualitative thinking in the age of modern computational chemistry, or What Lionel Salem knows / Roald Hoffmann --
8. Narrative / Roald Hoffmann --
9. Learning from molecules in distress / Roald Hoffmann and Henning Hopf --
10. Why think up new molecules? / Roald Hoffmann --
11. Protean / Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo --
12. How should chemists think? / Roald Hoffmann --
Part 2: Writing and communicating in chemistry. 13. Under the surface of the chemical article / Roald Hoffmann --
14. Representation in chemistry / Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo --
15. The say of things / Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo --
16. How symbolic and iconic languages bridge the two worlds of the chemist : a case study from contemporary bioorganic chemistry / Emily R. Grosholz and Roald Hoffmann --
17. How nice to be an outsider / Roald Hoffmann --
18. The metaphor, unchained / Roald Hoffmann --
Part 3: Art and science. 19. Art in science? / Roald Hoffmann --
20. Science and crafts / Roald Hoffmann --
21. Molecular beauty / Roald Hoffmann --
Part 4: Chemical education. 22. Teach to search / Roald Hoffmann --
23. Some heretical thoughts on what our students are telling us / Roald Hoffmann and Brian P. Coppola --
24. Specific learning and teaching strategies that work, and why they do so / Roald Hoffmann and Saundra Y. McGuire --
Part 5: Ethics in science. 25. Mind the shade / Roald Hoffmann --
26. Science and ethics : a marriage of necessity and choice for this millennium / Roald Hoffmann --
27. Honesty to the singular object / Roald Hoffmann --
28. The material and spiritual rationales are inseparable / Roald Hoffmann.
Responsibility: edited by Jeffrey Kovac and Michael Weisberg.
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Over a career that spans nearly fifty years, Roald Hoffmann has thought and written copiously about the broader context of chemistry and its relationship to philosophy and poetry. This book gathers  Read more...

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Each of the 28 chapters brings new arguments and should provoke thoughtful self-examination. Phillip Broadwith, Chemistry World

 
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