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

Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy Art and Science of Chemistry 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 ab

  • Title: Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry
  • Author: Roald Hoffmann Jeffrey Kovac Michael Weisberg
  • ISBN: 9780199755905
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 symbolisNobel 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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    1. This collection of 28 essays by a Nobel Prize winner in theoretical chemistry was a surprising pleasure for me. He really does capture the thrill of discovery by chemists and the art and engineering behind their creations. In the process he humanizes their enterprise and demystifies the mantra that all its laws and principles can only be truly explanatory when they are reduced to the language of quantum physics.I am coming at this as someone who used to be good in chemistry in high school and co [...]

    2. Table of ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction, by Michael Weisberg and Jeffrey Kovac.1 Trying to Understand, Making Bonds, by Roald HoffmannPart 1: Chemical Reasoning and Explanation2. Why Buy That Theory?, by Roald Hoffmann.3. What Might Philosophy of Science Look Like If Chemists Built It?, by Roald Hoffmann4. Unstable, by Roald Hoffmann5. Nearly Circular Reasoning, by Roald Hoffmann6. Ockham's Razor and Chemistry, by Roald Hoffmann, Vladimir I. Minkin, and Barry K. Carpenter7. Qualitati [...]

    3. Check my review in Spanish here: blogger/blogger.g?blogI really enjoyed the five parts of this book. Well; some of them less than the others; especially those that transcribe a bunch of chemical diagrams and formulas. But I got the general idea: chemistry is an art: The art; craft and business of substances and their transformations. The author discusses that the philosophy of science would be very different if it were written by chemists instead of physics. It says that the transformation piece [...]

    4. Roald Hoffmann is a wonder. His scientific publications are numerous (over 500) and his science writing is prolific and filled with gems. The book is a collection of essays, speeches, and other forms of communication, and here is but a scattering of the gems I found:"Here is a question we believe probably one should not ask, especially a young scientist should not ask in a scientific conversation: Do you understand?' But the question, unless asked in just the right tone, and between people of e [...]

    5. Imagine having access to a chemistry Nobel laureate who graciously writes to his audience in the hopes of conveying what it means to be a student, a seasoned theoretician, a scientist concerned with the environment, a writer, and a gifted Nobel laureate. That is the backdrop to professor Roald Hoffmann's book of essays conveying the meaning of chemistry as his life's successful ambition. This book is must-reading for all students of chemistry and biochemistry. Professor Hoffmann's collaborations [...]

    6. Title to the contrary, this collection of essays is less about chemistry and more about scientific ethics. Roald Hoffmannn is exceptional in being not only an Nobel laureate, but an excellent writer as well. Well-written, thought-provoking, and accessible to those who have a basic understanding of chemistry. Valuable reading for anyone who works in research, especially in the hard sciences.

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