Anthropic Awareness: The Human Aspects Of Scientific Thinking In Nmr Spectroscopy And Mass Spectrometry by Csaba Szantay, Jr.

Anthropic Awareness: The Human Aspects Of Scientific Thinking In Nmr Spectroscopy And Mass…

byCsaba Szantay, Jr.EditorCsaba Szantay, Jr.

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Anthropic Awareness: The Human Aspects of Scientific Thinking in NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometryblends psychology, philosophy, physics, mathematics, and chemistry, describing a human-centered philosophy of the essence of scientific thinking in the natural sciences and in everyday life.

It addresses the reasons why we are prone to make errors in our conclusions and how to avoid such mistakes, also exploring a number of the "mental traps" that can lead to both individual mistakes and mass misconceptions.

The book advocates that by understanding the nature of these mental traps we can adopt tactics to safely evade them. It includes Illustrative examples of common scientific misunderstandings and mental traps in both the theory and real-life application of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.



  • Provides strategies on how to deal with molecular challenges and instrument limitations
  • Presents multiple applications of small molecule structure elucidation using NMR, MS, IR, and UV
  • Explores critical topics, including anthropic awareness (AA), NMR Spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, scientific thinking, and more
  • Includes tactics on how to Improve quality control and data interpretation skills while minimizing data analysis time and increasing confidence in results
  • Presents coverage on tactics to optimize experimental NMR parameters and enhance NMR vocabulary

About The Author

Csaba Szántay, Jr. was born in Budapest, Hungary, but partly attended elementary school in Bufffalo, NY, USA. He obtained an MSc degree in organic chemistry from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1982 with his final thesis involving the methodology and use of NMR spectroscopy. Subsequently, he became a PhD research...

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Title:Anthropic Awareness: The Human Aspects Of Scientific Thinking In Nmr Spectroscopy And Mass…Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 22, 2015Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0124199631

ISBN - 13:9780124199637

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Table of Contents

Preface Part I. Anthropic Awareness (AA) 1. The philosophy of Anthropic Awareness in scientific thinking Part II. AA in why-science: examples from NMR theory 2. An anthropically flavored look at some basic aspects of NMR spin physics using a classical description 3. The ups and downs of NMR described by classical and quantum mechanics 4. The RF pulse and the Uncertainty Principle 5. On the nature of the RF driving field in NMR (with a look out on optical rotation) Part III. AA in what-science: small-molecule structure elucidation by NMR and MS 6. An anthropic modus operandi of structure elucidation by NMR and MS 7. NMR methodological overview 8. MS methodological overview 9. Computer assisted structure elucidation in NMR 10. Structure elucidation of a mysterious trace component of ulipristal actetate 11. The adventurous discovery of the structure of a novel vincristine impurity 12. An elusive degradation product of ziprasidone 13. The case of an emotion- and emotycs -laden structure determination of a small synthetic molecule with an unexpected structure 14. Self-induced recognition of enantiomers (SIRE) in NMR spectroscopy 15. Believe it or not: carbon protonation of the pyrimidine ring