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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
From the Molecular World.
Springer Verlag 2012
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Hermann Kopp; Alan J Rocke
|Notes:||"The German text for this English translation of Hermann Kopp's Aus der Molecular-Welt was provided by a copy in the Special Collections Department of Kelvin Smith Library on the campus of Case Western Reserve University ..."--Preface.|
|Description:||1 online resource (vii, 105 pages) : 1 color illustrations.|
|Contents:||Introduction: The Molecular World of Hermann Kopp --
A Brief Biography --
Scientific Work --
The Making of the Molecular World --
The Reception --
Concluding Reflections --
References to Introduction --
From the Molecular World --
References to From the Molecular World.
|Series Title:||SpringerBriefs in molecular science., History of chemistry.|
|Other Titles:||Aus der Molecular-Welt.|
|Responsibility:||by Hermann Kopp ; translated, annotated and introduced by Alan J. Rocke.|
Hermann Kopp (18171892) is best remembered today as a historian of chemistry, but during his lifetime he was one of the most eminent chemists of his day, and one of the earliest pioneers of physical chemistry. Late in his career he wrote an endearing fantasy about personified molecules. Published in 1882, Aus der Molecular-Welt (From the Molecular World) portrayed the intimate details of what might actually be happening in the sub-microscopic world; the atoms and molecules we meet there have agency, personalities, sometimes even dialog. Filled with appealing tropes, humor, and whimsical asides, Kopps short book provided an examination of the chemistry and physics of his day that was always light-hearted on the surface, but often surprisingly profound. Properly interpreted, the book provides a revealing tour of nineteenth-century debates concerning chemical theory. It is here translated into English, richly annotated, and equipped with an illuminating preface by a leading historian of chemistry. It provides entertaining reading to practicing chemists, as well as new insights to historians of science.
From the reviews: "Rocke has now provided a full translation of Kopp's book, with an extensive introduction and explanatory footnotes ... . Rocke's translation is a welcome reminder that we still