Description

This inspired book by some of the most influential scientists of our time--including six Nobel laureates--chronicles our emerging understanding of the chemical bond through the last nine decades and into the future. From Pauling's early structural work using x-ray and electron diffraction to Zewail's femtosecond lasers that probe molecular dynamics in real time; from Crick's molecular biology to Rich's molecular recognition, this book explores a rich tradition of scientific heritage and accomplishment. The perspectives given by Pauling, Perutz, Rich, Crick, Porter, Polanyi, Herschbach, Zewail, and Bernstein celebrate major scientific achievements in chemistry and biology with the chemical bond playing a fundamental role. In a unique presentation that also provides some lively insights into the very nature of scientific thought and discovery, The Chemical Bond: Structure and Dynamics will be of general interest to scientists, science historians, and the scientifically inclined populous.

Readership

Chemists, chemical physicists, biologists, physical chemists, lay people, and students interested in the history of science.

Table of Contents

Structure: L. Pauling, X-Ray Crystallography and the Nature of the Chemical Bond. M.F. Perutz, The Significance of the Hydrogen Bond in Physiology. A. Rich, Molecular Recognition between Protein and Nucleic Acids. F. Crick, The Impact of Linus Pauling on Molecular Biology: A Reminiscence. L. Pauling, How I Became Interested in the Chemical Bond: A Reminiscence. Dynamics: G. Porter, Chemistry in Microtime. J.C. Polanyi, The Transition State. D.R. Herschbach, Chemical Reaction Dynamics and Electronic Structure. A. Zewail and R. Bernstein, Real-Time Laser Femtochemistry: Viewing the Transition from Reagents to Products. Biographies. Index.

Details

No. of pages:
313
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1992
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780127796208
Electronic ISBN:
9780080926698

Reviews

@qu:"The largest audience will be amongst graduates and professional practitioners of chemistry and biology; to them I wholeheartedly recommend this book." @source:--CHEMISTRY IN BRITAIN @qu:"The volume is beautifully produced with excellent diagrams, many of which are in colour. It provides a good and informative read for any chemist, biochemist or student of these fields. I am sure that the editor has devoted much time to its preparation." @source:--TRENDS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY @qu:"This unique presentation provides some lively insights into the very nature of scientific thought and discovery, and as such will be of interest to scientists in all disciplines, science historians, and the interested non-specialist." @source:--PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE @qu:"The variety made the book more readable, and it certainly is not 'dry.'...The book is enjoyable, and the quality of the production is excellent, with significant use of color....Although much of the book is inherently technical, there is also an underlying aspect of scientific philosophy that is worth learning." @source:--SCIENCE @qu:"The Chemical Bond: Structure and Dynamics is a unique presentation....It provides lively insights on the special nature of scientific thought and discovery and will be of interest to scientists, science historians, and to all others who are scientifically inclined." @source:--JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY @qu:"[The book's] authors are nine celebrated chemists from North America and the United Kingdom. Six of them are Nobel laureates; one, Linus Pauling, is a rarity indeed, a Double Nobelist....The attractive volume grew out of a splendid occasion...when Caltech celebrated Pauling's 90th birthday. Personal reminiscences, colorful diagrams, and photographs and biographies welcome the general scientific reader to nine relatively informal chapters."