The Resource The same and not the same, Roald Hoffmann

The same and not the same, Roald Hoffmann

Label
The same and not the same
Title
The same and not the same
Statement of responsibility
Roald Hoffmann
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Positioned at the crossroads of the physical and biological sciences, chemistry deals with neither the infinitely small, nor the infinitely large, nor directly with life. So it is sometimes thought of as dull, the way things in the middle often are. But this middle ground is precisely where human beings exist. As Hoffmann shows in his inspired prose, the world observed at its molecular level is complex and agitated, as are the emotions of the supposedly dispassionate scientists who explore it. In The Same and Not the Same the vital tensions of chemistry are revealed; with down-to-earth explanations, Hoffmann uncovers the polarities that power, rend, and reform the world of molecules. When we wash an apple before eating it, we are thinking not merely of the dirt that may still be on it but of the pesticides used in agricultural production. When we take medication, we expect relief for our pain but also fear side effects. The Same and Not the Same shows this ambivalence to be only one of a number of dualities pervading the world of molecules. The theme of identity, reflected in the title of the book, is central to the story. Other dualities, from stasis and dynamics, to creation and discovery to the rich complexity of revealing and concealing, are lucidly delineated for nonscientist and scientist alike. The Same and Not the Same also offers a rare and compelling personal statement of the social responsibility of scientists. Unabashedly confronting some of the major ethical controversies in chemistry today, the book strives for balance in facing the pressing ecological and environmental concerns of our time
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Hoffmann, Roald
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QD37
LC item number
.H612 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The George B. Pegram lecture series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Chimie
  • Chimie
  • Chimie
  • Chemie
  • Chemie
Label
The same and not the same, Roald Hoffmann
Link
https://archive.org/details/samenotsame00hoff
Instantiates
Publication
Contributor
Donor
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Identity : the central problem -- The way it is told -- Making molecules -- When something is wrong -- How, just exactly, does it happen -- A life in chemistry -- That certain magic -- Value, harm, and democracy -- The adventures of a diatomic -- The dualities that enliven
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 294 pages
Isbn
9780231101394
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
94039457
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center has author's autograph presentation copy to Rosalyn Tureck, with her marginalia; notes removed to ephemera file.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31291784
  • (OCoLC)ocm31291784
Label
The same and not the same, Roald Hoffmann
Link
https://archive.org/details/samenotsame00hoff
Publication
Contributor
Donor
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Identity : the central problem -- The way it is told -- Making molecules -- When something is wrong -- How, just exactly, does it happen -- A life in chemistry -- That certain magic -- Value, harm, and democracy -- The adventures of a diatomic -- The dualities that enliven
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 294 pages
Isbn
9780231101394
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
94039457
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center has author's autograph presentation copy to Rosalyn Tureck, with her marginalia; notes removed to ephemera file.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31291784
  • (OCoLC)ocm31291784

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