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

Jeffrey Kovac and Michael Weisberg

Abstract

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' ... More

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755905
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199755905.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Kovac, editor

Michael Weisberg, editor

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Part 1 Chemical Reasoning and Explanation

2 Why Buy That Theory?

Roald Hoffmann

4 Unstable

Roald Hoffmann

6 Ockham’s Razor and Chemistry

Vladimir I. Minkin and Barry K. Carpenter

8 Narrative

Roald Hoffmann

9 Learning from Molecules in Distress

Roald Hoffmann and Henning Hopf

11 Protean

Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo

Part 2 Writing and Communicating in Chemistry

14 Representation in Chemistry

Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo

15 The Say of Things

Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo

Part 3 Art and Science

19 Art in Science?

Roald Hoffmann

20 Science and Crafts

Roald Hoffmann

21 Molecular Beauty

Roald Hoffmann

Part 4 Chemical Education

22 Teach to Search

Roald Hoffmann

Part 5 Ethics in Science

25 Mind the Shade

Roald Hoffmann

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