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

Hardcover | February 6, 2012

EditorJeffrey Kovac, Michael Weisberg

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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's most important essays. Gathered here are Hoffmann's most philosophically significant and interesting essays and lectures, many of which are not widelyaccessible. In essays such as "Why Buy That Theory," "Nearly Circular Reasoning," "How Should Chemists Think," "The Metaphor, Unchained," "Art in Science," and "Molecular Beauty," we find the mature reflections of one of America's leading scientists. Organized under the general headings of ChemicalReasoning and Explanation, Writing and Communicating, Art and Science, Education, and Ethics, these stimulating essays provide invaluable insight into the teaching and practice of science.

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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 che...

Jeffrey Kovac is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee. Michael Weisberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 6.5 × 9.41 × 1.3 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsMichael Weisberg and Jeffrey Kovac: Introduction1. Roald Hoffmann: Trying to Understand, Making BondsPart 1: Chemical Reasoning and Explanation2. Roald Hoffmann: Why Buy That Theory?3. Roald Hoffmann: What Might Philosophy of Science Look Like If Chemists Built It?4. Roald Hoffmann: Unstable5. Roald Hoffmann: Nearly Circular Reasoning6. Roald Hoffmann, Vladimir I. Minkin, and Barry K. Carpenter: Ockham's Razor and Chemistry7. Roald Hoffmann: Qualitative Thinking in the Age of Modern Computational Chemistry, or What Lionel Salem Knows8. Roald Hoffmann: Narrative9. Roald Hoffmann and Henning Hopf: Learning from Molecules in Distress10. Roald Hoffmann: Why Think Up New Molecules?11. Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo: Protean12. Roald Hoffmann: How Should Chemists Think?Part 2: Writing and Communicating in Chemistry13. Roald Hoffmann: Under the Surface of the Chemical Article14. Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo: Representation in Chemistry15. Roald Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo: The Say of Things16. Emily R. Grosholz and Roald Hoffmann: How Symbolic and Iconic Languages Bridge the Two Worlds of the Chemist: A Case Study from Contemporary Bioorganic Chemistry17. Roald Hoffmann: How Nice to Be an Outsider18. Roald Hoffmann: The Metaphor, UnchainedPart 3: Art and Science19. Roald Hoffmann: Art in Science?20. Roald Hoffmann: Science and Crafts21. Roald Hoffmann: Molecular BeautyPart 4: Chemical Education22. Roald Hoffmann: Teach to Search23. Roald Hoffmann and Brian P. Coppola: Some Heretical Thoughts on What Our Students Are Telling Us24. Roald Hoffmann and Saundra Y. McGuire: Very Specific Teaching Strategies, and Why They WorkPart 5: Ethics in Science25. Roald Hoffmann: Mind the Shade26. Roald Hoffmann: Science and Ethics: A Marriage of Necessity and Choice for this Millennium27. Roald Hoffmann: Honesty to the Singular Object28. Roald Hoffmann: The Material and Spiritual Rationales Are InseparableIndex