Candid Science by Istvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai PDF

By Istvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai

ISBN-10: 1860941516

ISBN-13: 9781860941511

ISBN-10: 1860943837

ISBN-13: 9781860943836

During this booklet, 36 well-known chemists, together with 18 Nobel laureates, inform approximately their lives in technological know-how, the beginnings in their careers, their aspirations, and their hardships and triumphs. The reader will find out about their seminal discoveries, and the conversations within the ebook carry out the humanity of those nice scientists. NMR spectroscopy, computational chemistry, the drama of buckminsterfullerene, the tale of the tablet, the politics of atmospheric chemistry and the resonance concept, the beginnings of molecular mechanics and glossy stereochemistry are examples of the themes mentioned first-hand through, most likely, the main acceptable folks.

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Oh, sure, and I know Europe very well. We used to spend our summers for 30 years in Switzerland, not only sitting in the mountains but we used to go to the cities as well, and to read the Swiss and German papers there. No, no, you are right. I call this a progressive Americanization of Europe. But the deterioration is home-made, of course. If you have 12 years of the nazis and then communism, this is all more than enough. There is then this new ideology recently all over the places. I call it consumentia.

L ] 36 Hargittai, Candid Science Death seems to be the only human function that has not been overtaken by progress. [3] A professional association of amateurs is unthinkable. [ 51 The revolt against expertism has long been brewing, with more and more people beginning to realize how much worse than ignorance it is to know the wrong thing at the wrong time. [6] Meanness is contagious, not nobility. [ 171 Books last longer than empires. [21] Illuminated darkness is not light. [31] Fervent belief may be stronger than truth, but it is not identical with it.

There were other contributions of chemistry. The implosion device used for igniting the Nagasaki bomb involved lenses of chemical explosives. New antimalarials were modestly important. Penicillin was developed at that time. Let me mention a few names. E. Bright Wilson became Director of the Woods Hole Underwater Explosives Laboratory for developing weapons for antisubmarine work. He was really a theoretical physical chemist, later known for microwave spectroscopy, but he managed a very practical laboratory.

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