Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry

Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry

Details

Author(s)
Jeffrey Kovac, Michael Weisberg
Format
Hardback | 416 pages
Dimensions
163 x 235 x 33mm | 676g
Publication date
23 Jan 2014
Publisher
Oxford University Press Inc
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
10 b&w
ISBN10
0199755906
ISBN13
9780199755905
Bestsellers rank
842,471

Description

Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann's contributions to chemistry are well known. Less well known, however, is that over a career that spans nearly fifty years, Hoffmann has thought and written extensively about a wide variety of other topics, such as chemistry's relationship to philosophy, literature, and the arts, including the nature of chemical reasoning, the role of symbolism and writing in science, and the relationship between art and craft and science. In Roald
Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry, Jeffrey Kovac and Michael Weisberg bring together twenty-eight of Hoffmann's most important essays. Gathered here are Hoffmann's most philosophically significant and interesting essays and lectures, many of which are not widely accessible. In
essays such as "Why Buy That Theory," "Nearly Circular Reasoning," "How Should Chemists Think," "The Metaphor, Unchained," "Art in Science," and "Molecular Beauty," we find the mature reflections of one of America's leading scientists. Organized under the general headings of Chemical Reasoning and Explanation, Writing and Communicating, Art and Science, Education, and Ethics, these stimulating essays provide invaluable insight into the teaching and practice of science.


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