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Designing the Molecular World : Chemistry at the Frontier - Philip Ball

Designing the Molecular World

Chemistry at the Frontier

Paperback Published: 1st December 1996
ISBN: 9780691029009
Number Of Pages: 384

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Some of the most exciting scientific developments in recent years have come not from theoretical physicists, astronomers, or molecular biologists but instead from the chemistry lab. Chemists have created superconducting ceramics for brain scanners, designed liquid crystal flat screens for televisions and watch displays, and made fabrics that change color while you wear them. They have fashioned metals from plastics, drugs from crude oil, and have pinpointed the chemical pollutants affecting our atmosphere and are now searching for remedies for the imperiled planet. Philip Ball, an editor for the prestigious magazine "Nature, " lets the lay reader into the world of modern chemistry. Here, for example, chemists find new uses for the improbable buckminsterfullerene molecules--60-atom carbon soccerballs, dubbed "buckyballs"--which seem to have applications for everything from lubrication to medicine to electronics.

The book is not intended as an introduction to chemistry, but as an accessible survey of recent developments throughout many of the major fields allied with chemistry: from research in traditional areas such as crystallography and spectroscopy to entirely new fields of study such as molecular electronics, artificial enzymes, and "smart" polymer gels. Ball's grand tour along the leading edge of scientific discovery will appeal to all curious readers, with or without any scientific training, to chemistry students looking for future careers, and to practicing chemical researchers looking for information on other specialties within their discipline.

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Winner of the 1994 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Chemistry, Association of American Publishers "In this very readable and enjoyable book, Ball [offers] a whirlwind guided tour through some of the most exciting topics in modern chemistry, molecular physics, and materials science... Lucidly written ... with an acute awareness of recent advances and an excellent understanding of their intrinsic scientific content."--Physics World "A tour de force of popular science writing."--John Postgate, The Times Literary Supplement "This book is like a clean fresh breeze, and puts the image of chemistry back into proper perspective... [It] should be used ... to help convey to students ... enthusiasm for modern research."--Rudolph Fahnenstich, Angewandte Chemie "It covers almost every possible recent development in chemistry in just the right amount of detail... The old disciplines of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry of the stuffy textbooks are ploughed over and a new patchwork of fields created to fill their place."--David Bradley, New Scientist

Introducton: Engineering the Elementsp. 3
How It All Fits Together: The architecture of moleculesp. 13
Bringing Down the Barriers: Getting chemical reactions to gop. 54
Caught in the Act: Watching atoms dancep. 83
Impossible Order: When atoms meet geometryp. 111
Perfect Hosts and Welcome Guests: Molecules that recognize each other and build themselvesp. 145
Metals from Molecules: Electronics goes organicp. 186
A Soft and Sticky World: The self-organizing magic of colloid chemistryp. 216
Chemical Beginnings: How chemistry came to lifep. 259
Far from Stable: Fractals, chaos, and complexity in chemistryp. 290
Transforming the Globe: The crises of atmospheric chemistryp. 323
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 365
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ISBN: 9780691029009
ISBN-10: 0691029008
Series: Princeton Science Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.85  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.68

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