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

Author: Jeffrey Kovac,Michael Weisberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199912580

Category: Science

Page: 416

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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.

Literature and Chemistry

Elective Affinities

Author: Margareth Hagen,Margery Vibe Skagen

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 8771246274

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

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Literature and Chemistry: Elective Affinities investigates literary and chemical encounters, from medieval alchemy to contemporary science fiction, in works of the likes of Dante, Goethe, Baudelaire and Dag Solstad as well as in literary writing of scientists such as Humphry Davy, Ludwig Boltzmann and Oliver Sachs. Sixteen authors break new ground in demonstrating chemistry's particular status as one of the sciences in which humanities should interest itself, the overlaps and reciprocities of the two fields, and - perhaps most importantly - chemistry's role in the production of narrative, metaphor, and literary form. The anthology makes the silent presence of chemistry perceptible, uncovering its historical and present appeal to material sensitivity, imagination, and creativity, as well as its call for philosophical and ethical concern, and for wonder.

The Same and Not the Same

Author: Roald Hoffmann

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231101394

Category: Science

Page: 294

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Nobel laureate Roald Hoffman confronts some of the major ethical controversies in chemistry today. Expertly weaving together examples from the worlds of art, literature, and philosophy, Hoffmann illustrates his uniquely accessible dialectic about the creative activity of chemists.

Beyond the Finite

The Sublime in Art and Science

Author: Roald Hoffmann,Iain Boyd Whyte

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199750564

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Throughout its long history, and not just as the key aesthetic category for the Romantic Movement, the sublime has created the necessary link between aesthetic and moral judgment, offering the prospect of transcending the limits of measurement, even imagination. The best of science makes genuine claims to the sublime. For in science, as in art, every day brings the entirely new, the extreme, and the unrepresentable. How does one depict negative mass, for example, or the folding of a protein that is contagious? Can one capture emergent phenomena as they emerge? Science is continually faced with describing that which is beyond. This book, through contributions from nine prominent scholars, tackles that challenge. The explorations within Beyond the Finite range from the images taken by the Hubble Telescope to David Bohm's quantum romanticism, from Kant and Burke to a "downward spiraling infinity" of the 21st century sublime, all lucid yet transcendent. Squarely positioned at the interface between science and art, this volume's chapters capture a remarkable variety of perspectives, with neuroscience, chemistry, astronomy, physics, film, painting and music discussed in relation to the sublime experience, topics surely to peak the interest of academics and students studying the sublime in various disciplines.

Aphorie des Kunstmythos.

Die Texte E. T. A. Hoffmanns.

Author: Claudia Liebrand

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783793091318

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

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Brillante Denker, kühne Pioniere

zehn bahnbrechende Entdeckungen

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 9783527316809

Category: Chemistry

Page: 233

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Zehn Experimente, die die Welt veränderten! Liegt ihre Schönheit in der Klarheit und Einfachkeit ihrer Konzeption? Oder im Entwickeln notwendiger Instrumente? Etwa in den resultierenden Produkten oder gar in der Kühnheit der bahnbrechenden Interpretation der Ergebnisse?

Wir alle sind Sternenstaub

Gespräche mit Wissenschaftlern über die Rätsel unserer Existenz

Author: Stefan Klein

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104032025

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Brauchen wir einen Glauben? Sind Gene unser Schicksal? Woher kommt der Mensch? Für das ZEIT-Magazin führt Bestsellerautor Stefan Klein regelmäßig Gespräche mit weltweit führenden Wissenschaftlern zu den großen Themen, die uns alle bewegen: Liebe, Erinnerung, Gerechtigkeit, Empathie. Die durchweg spannenden und glänzend geführten Unterhaltungen versetzen uns an die vorderste Front der Forschung – und zeigen die derzeit klügsten Köpfe nicht zuletzt auch als Menschen mit den gleichen Fragen wie wir alle.

Onkel Wolfram


Author: Oliver Sacks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499615344


Page: 383

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Realismus und Chemie

philosophische Untersuchungen der Wissenschaft von den Stoffen

Author: Joachim Schummer

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 9783826011634

Category: Chemistry

Page: 339

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Sprache, Lügen und Moral

Geschichtenerzählen in Wissenschaft und Literatur

Author: Roald Hoffmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518260180

Category: Language and ethics

Page: 151

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Old Wine, New Flasks

Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition

Author: Roald Hoffmann,Shira Leibowitz Schmidt

Publisher: W H Freeman & Company

ISBN: 9780716728993

Category: Religion

Page: 362

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Old Wine, New Flasks is a unique and provocative look at how science and religion - too often considered at odds with one another - are actually parallel ways of trying to make sense of the same material world, each a voice intertwining with the other to help shape true human understanding. With great humor and wit, the authors - one a Nobel laureate and the other an Israeli-American writer and student of religion - show how daily experience and seemingly innocuous questions such as "What is this mixture?" "How do I tell right from left?" and "How can one make the bitter sweet?" can lead to deeper philosophical issues concerning religion, art, and science. Old Wine, New Flasks discusses how authority is conferred and contested, what it means to be impure, whether humans have a right to dominate the environment, and the difference between the natural and the unnatural. Exploring these and other topics, the authors reveal how science and Jewish religious tradition, although different in many ways, nevertheless share the conviction that the world is a very real place, that the actions of beings matter, and that there is an underlying order to the universe.

Candid Science

Conversations with Famous Chemists

Author: István Hargittai

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 1783262141

Category: Science

Page: 528

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In this book, 36 famous chemists, including 18 Nobel laureates, tell about their lives in science, the beginnings of their careers, their aspirations, and their hardships and triumphs. The reader will learn about their seminal discoveries, and the conversations in the book bring out the humanity of these great scientists. NMR spectroscopy, computational chemistry, the drama of buckminsterfullerene, the story of the Pill, the politics of atmospheric chemistry and the resonance theory, the beginnings of molecular mechanics and modern stereochemistry are examples of the topics discussed first-hand by, in all likelihood, the most appropriate persons. Contents: Linus PaulingErwin ChargaffQuotable ChargaffFrank H WestheimerGertrude B ElionCarl DjerassiPaul J ScheuerAyhan UlubelenJohn W CornforthQuotable CornforthVladimir PrelogDerek H R BartonOdd HasselMichael J S DewarJohn A PopleRoald HoffmannKenichi FukuiMilton OrchinF Albert CottonHerbert C BrownGeorge A OlahJohn D RobertsRichard R ErnstEiji OsawaElena G Gal'pern and Ivan V StankevichHarold W KrotoRichard E SmalleyRobert F CurlWolfgang KratschmerRobert L WhettenPhilip E EatonR Stephen BerryKenneth S PitzerF Sherwood RowlandNikolai N SemenovGeorge PorterAhmed H Zewail Readership: Chemists. Reviews:“… István Hargittai … is brilliant at drawing his subjects out, tactfully asking them the right questions and thus providing us with an insider view of what chemistry in the 20th century has been like … these people are extraordinarily successful chemists, and enthusiasts for it. They make the book delightful to browse. Maybe it will, as it should, produce enthusiasts in its turn; it should be on everyone's bedside table.”Chemistry & Industry “… the conversations in this book encapsulate a time that is past, and leave the reader with a comforting glow … the editor has conducted his interviews with sympathy and collected his material with care. For this, he is to be commended. His book will be enjoyed by chemists and non-chemists alike.”Nature “… I found this book exceedingly hard to put down. Because such intimate revelations are usually not made public, this work constitutes a valuable historical document and is one that I feel should be read by every chemist.”Chemistry in Britain “This book, of course, can be opened on any page and read with pleasure. The personal speaking style of the text, in contrast to laboriously written paragraphs, makes it easy reading … There is plenty of useful information, interesting adventure, and valuable advice in the text. The book will be enjoyed by all who have some interest in chemistry, and is highly recommended.”Australian Journal of Chemistry

Dein Gehirn weiß mehr, als du denkst

Neueste Erkenntnisse aus der Hirnforschung

Author: Niels Birbaumer

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843707065

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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Depressionen, Epilepsie, Schlaganfälle und ADS lassen sich kontrollieren, und zwar nur durch Lernen und ohne risikoreiche Medikamente. So lautet die bahnbrechende Erkenntnis des renommierten Hirnforschers Niels Birbaumer. Denn das Gehirn verfügt über fast grenzenlose Potentiale und gleicht bei der Geburt einer Tabula rasa: Nur wenig ist festgelegt, das meiste wird geformt. Darum haben wir großen Einfluss auf unser Denken und Handeln — und unser Gehirn kann sich selbst aus dem Sumpf seiner Erkrankungen ziehen. "Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres 2015", Buchkultur, Österreich


Eine Selbstbiographie

Author: Wilhelm Ostwald

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 384302233X

Category: Fiction

Page: 808

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Wilhelm Ostwald: Lebenslinien. Eine Selbstbiographie Erstdruck: Berlin (Klasing) 1926/1927. Vollständige Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2013. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: Ostwald, Wilhelm: Lebenslinien. Eine Selbstbiographie, 3 Teile, Berlin: Klasing, 1926/1927. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Wilhelm Ostwald (1903). Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt. Über den Autor: Neben dessen Gründer Ernst Haeckel war der Freimaurer und Chemie-Nobelpreisträger Wilhelm Ostwald einer der führenden Köpfe des Deutschen Monistenbundes, der eine wissenschaftlich begründbare Weltanschauung nach dem Prinzip der Einheit von Natur und Geist vertrat und dabei christlicher Dogmatik widersprach. Er schlug unter dem Namen »Weltdeutsch« ein vereinfachtes Deutsch als internationale Plansprache vor und setzte sich für ein Weltgeld ein. Nach Differenzen mit der Universität Leipzig legte er seinen Lehrstuhl nieder und lebte als Privatforscher bis zu seinem Lebensende 1932 auf seinem Landsitz in Großbothen.

Ich bin's, Alice!

Author: Penelope Bush


ISBN: 383871623X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

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Alice ist 14 und unzufrieden mit ihrem Leben: Ihre Mutter meckert ständig an ihr rum, ihr kleiner Bruder nervt, und ihr Vater heiratet gerade zum zweiten Mal, hat also kaum Zeit für sie. Und dann verkracht sie sich auch noch mit ihrer besten Freundin. Alice will nur noch eins: weg aus diesem komplizierten Leben! Doch es kommt alles ganz anders: Urplötzlich landet sie in ihrem siebenjährigen Körper - und erkennt, dass schon damals eine Menge schiefgelaufen ist. Nach einigen Turbulenzen kehrt Alice in ihr richtiges Leben zurück. Endlich ist sie glücklich, so zu sein, wie sie ist.

Enrique Martinez Celaya, 1992-2000

Author: Exhibition Enrique Martínez Cel,Contemporary Museum. Honolulu, Hawaii

Publisher: Wienand Gmbh, Druck & Verlagshaus


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 282

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