- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (June 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750933453
- ISBN-13: 978-0750933452
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chasing the Molecule
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About the Author
John Buckingham has a PhD in Chemistry and is editor of Chapman and Hall's chemistry list on a part-time basis. A former lecturer in organic chemistry at London University (Westfield), he was the founding editor (and now consultant editor 0 for the only comprehensive database devoted to natural products.
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'Chasing The Molecule' is one book in a thousand. It deals with the development of modern chemistry, a major science that has touched the lives of everyone on Earth through the discovery and production of materials that they wear, food they eat, and medicines that save their lives. Buckingham offers the reader a detailed account of the origins of modern chemistry. The story flows across Europe from the 16th to the 20th centuries. It bubbles with anecdotes and fascinating tales that trace the development of present day chemical concepts and the scientific method. Numerous brilliant personalities fill the pages as they interact and struggle to advance, misdirect and sometimes even retard the progress of the science. Debates are described that rage for decades culminating in the concept of the molecule. What are the weights of atoms? How many atoms are there in a molecule of water? Basic questions like these can now be answered by every school child, yet only because of the work of many generations of chemists.
A very different book, verging on a novel in style with the discipline of a reference text. It should be appealing to readers with a bent for science and history. A must read for students and teachers of Chemistry.
I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it.