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Candid Science

Author : István Hargittai
ISBN : 9781783262144
Genre : Science
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In this book, 36 famous chemists, including 18 Nobel laureates, tell about their lives in science, the beginnings of their careers, their aspirations, and their hardships and triumphs. The reader will learn about their seminal discoveries, and the conversations in the book bring out the humanity of these great scientists. NMR spectroscopy, computational chemistry, the drama of buckminsterfullerene, the story of the Pill, the politics of atmospheric chemistry and the resonance theory, the beginnings of molecular mechanics and modern stereochemistry are examples of the topics discussed first-hand by, in all likelihood, the most appropriate persons. Contents: Linus PaulingErwin ChargaffQuotable ChargaffFrank H WestheimerGertrude B ElionCarl DjerassiPaul J ScheuerAyhan UlubelenJohn W CornforthQuotable CornforthVladimir PrelogDerek H R BartonOdd HasselMichael J S DewarJohn A PopleRoald HoffmannKenichi FukuiMilton OrchinF Albert CottonHerbert C BrownGeorge A OlahJohn D RobertsRichard R ErnstEiji OsawaElena G Gal'pern and Ivan V StankevichHarold W KrotoRichard E SmalleyRobert F CurlWolfgang KratschmerRobert L WhettenPhilip E EatonR Stephen BerryKenneth S PitzerF Sherwood RowlandNikolai N SemenovGeorge PorterAhmed H Zewail Readership: Chemists. Reviews:“… István Hargittai … is brilliant at drawing his subjects out, tactfully asking them the right questions and thus providing us with an insider view of what chemistry in the 20th century has been like … these people are extraordinarily successful chemists, and enthusiasts for it. They make the book delightful to browse. Maybe it will, as it should, produce enthusiasts in its turn; it should be on everyone's bedside table.”Chemistry & Industry “… the conversations in this book encapsulate a time that is past, and leave the reader with a comforting glow … the editor has conducted his interviews with sympathy and collected his material with care. For this, he is to be commended. His book will be enjoyed by chemists and non-chemists alike.”Nature “… I found this book exceedingly hard to put down. Because such intimate revelations are usually not made public, this work constitutes a valuable historical document and is one that I feel should be read by every chemist.”Chemistry in Britain “This book, of course, can be opened on any page and read with pleasure. The personal speaking style of the text, in contrast to laboriously written paragraphs, makes it easy reading … There is plenty of useful information, interesting adventure, and valuable advice in the text. The book will be enjoyed by all who have some interest in chemistry, and is highly recommended.”Australian Journal of Chemistry

Candid Science Iii

Author : István Hargittai
ISBN : 9781783261116
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In this invaluable book, 36 famous chemists, including 18 Nobel laureates, tell the reader about their lives in science, the beginnings of their careers, their aspirations, and their hardships and triumphs. The reader will learn about their seminal discoveries, and the conversations in the book bring out the humanity of these great scientists. Highlighted in the stories are the discovery of new elements and compounds, the VSEPR model, computational chemistry, organic synthesis, natural products, polysaccharides, supramolecular chemistry, peptide synthesis, combinatorial chemistry, X-ray crystallography, the reaction mechanism and kinetics, electron transfer in small and large systems, non-equilibrium systems, oscillating reactions, atmospheric chemistry, chirality, and the history of chemistry. Contents: Glenn T SeaborgWilliam N LipscombNeil BartlettRonald J GillespieLawrence S BartellPaul von Rague SchleyerAlbert EschenmoserGilbert StorkEndre A BalazsAlfred BaderJacquelin K BartonAd BaxDonald J CramJean-Marie LehnBruce MerrifieldArpad FurkaGuy OurissonMildred CohnPaul D BoyerJohn E WalkerHerbert A HauptmanJack D DunitzHartmut MichelJohann DeisenhoferRobert HuberManfred EigenJohn C PolanyiDudley R HerschbachHenry TaubeRudolph A MarcusIlya PrigogineAnatol M ZhabotinskyRichard N ZarePaul J CrutzenReiko KurodaStephen Mason Readership: Chemists and other scientists. Keywords:Chemistry;Nobel Prize;History of Chemistry;Famous ChemistsReviews:“This book makes interesting light reading, especially for chemists who have watched the field develop over the past 30 to 60 years … it makes a worthwhile contribution to the oral history of science, and I recommend it for both libraries and individuals.”Nature “István Hargittai's interviews with eminent scientists are a lively and important way of entering the minds of prominent chemists … this makes a wonderful bedside book that attractively opens up a gallery of people, and a window onto the development of science.”Chemistry & Industry “I have come back to these interviews time after time after my first read through. It's always inspiring to read about people who are good at what they do. To paraphrase Jack Dunitz, if you want value for your money in a predictable way, I think Hargittai's book is a good value. I strongly recommend it.”Southwest Retort “Hargittai has done a superb job in selecting both chemical topics and appropriate interview subjects who know the topics first-hand … Candid Science III is an interesting source of information on both current and recent chemistry and its practitioners, from a first-hand perspective of those practitioners. It also promises to be a valuable sourcebook for historians of the chemistry of this time.”The Alchemist, The ChemWeb Magazine “I recommend this useful volume, suitable for complete reading or browsing, not only to historians of chemistry and science but also to practicing chemists and students, who will benefit from these inspiring stories by some of chemistry's most eminent contributors.”Chemical Heritage “I recommend this handy volume, admirably suited for complete reading or browsing, not only to historians of chemistry and of science but also to practicing scientists, especially beginning ones, as well as to students, who will surely benefit from these inspiring stories by some of chemistry's leading luminaries.”The Chemical Educator

Candid Science Ii

Author : István Hargittai
ISBN : 9781783261390
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This invaluable book contains 36 interviews, including 26 with Nobel laureates. It presents a cross-section of biomedical science, a field that has been dominant in science for the past half century. The in-depth conversations cover important research areas and discoveries, as well as the roads to these discoveries, including aspects of the scientists' work that never saw publication. They also bring out the humanness of the famous scientists — the reader learns about their backgrounds, aspirations, failings, and triumphs. The book is illustrated with snapshots of the conversations and photos provided by the interviewees. It is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Candid Science: Conversations with Famous Chemists, by the same author. Contents: James D WatsonMaclyn McCartyJoshua LederbergArthur KornbergFrederick SangerFrançois JacobWalter Gilbert Benno Müller-HillMarshall W NirenbergDaniel NathansPaul Berg Kary B MullisGerald M EdelmanCésar MilsteinAlfred G GilmanGünter BlobelGeorge K RaddaMax F PerutzRichard HendersonAaron KlugJohn T FinchSidney AltmanEdward B LewisRita Levi-MontalciniLars ErnsterTorvard C LaurentGeorge KleinD Carleton GajdusekCharles WeissmannFrederick C RobbinsRosalyn YalowJames W BlackK Sune D BergströmJohn R VaneSalvador MoncadaRobert F Furchgott Readership: Biomedical scientists, biochemists, and general readers. Reviews:“The book is easy to read … Overall, they give an accurate flavor of biomedical research …”Choice “The present selection of interviews gives a cross section covering a broad range of topics, personalities, and circumstances of recording. I agree with Hargittai's evaluation and heartily recommend his book, suitable for both complete reading or browsing, to biomedical scientists, biochemists, chemists, historians of chemistry and or science, and general readers interested in the 'inside story' of the workings of 20th-century science.”The Chemical Educator “I heartily recommend this book, suitable for both complete reading or browsing, to biomedical scientists, biochemists, chemists, historians of chemistry and of science generally, and general readers interested in the 'inside story' of the workings of 20th-century science.”Chemical Heritage

Candid Science Vi

Author : Istv n Hargittai
ISBN : 9781860948855
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Candid Science VI concludes the series by narrating the conversations with famous scientists from the biomedical sciences, chemistry, and physics. There are 31 Nobel laureates and 11 other luminaries among them. The scientists are in the field of biomedical sciences, chemistry and physics.

Candid Science V

Author : Balazs Hargittai
ISBN : 1860945066
Genre : Science
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Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists contains 36 interviews with well-known scientists, including 19 Nobel laureates, Wolf Prize winners, and other luminaries. These in-depth conversations provide a glimpse into the greatest achievements in science during the past few decades, featuring stories of the discoveries, and showing the human drama behind them. The greatest scientists are brought into close human proximity as if readers were having a conversation with them. This volume departs from the previous ones in that it contains interviews with mathematicians in addition to physicists, chemists, and biomedical scientists. Another peculiarity of this volume is that it includes nine interviews from another project, the collection of the late Clarence Larson, former Commissioner of the Atomic Energy Commission and his wife, Jane ("Larson Tapes"). The 36 interviewees include famous personalities of our time, such as Donald Coxeter, John Conway, Roger Penrose, Alan Mackay, Dan Shechtman, Charles Townes, Arthur Schawlow, Leon Cooper, Alexei Abrikosov, Luis Alvarez, William Pickering, William Fowler, Vera Rubin, Neta Bahcall, Rudolf Peierls, Emilio Segre, Harold Agnew, Clarence Larson, Nelson Leonard, Princess Chulabhorn, Linus Pauling, Miklos Bodanszky, Melvin Calvin, Donald Huffman Alan MacDiarmid, Alan Heeger, Jens Christian Skou, Paul Lauterbur, Gunther Stent, John Sulston, Renato Dulbecco, Baruch Blumberg, Arvid Carlsson, Oleh Hornykiewicz, Paul Greengard, and Eric Kandel.

Candid Science Iv

Author : Magdolna Hargittai
ISBN : 1860944167
Genre : Science
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Candid Science IV: Conversations with Famous Physicists contains 36 interviews with well-known physicists, including 20 Nobel laureates, Templeton Prize winners, Wolf Prize winners, and other luminaries. Physics has been one of the determining fields of science in the past 100 years, playing a conspicuous role not only in science but also in world politics and economics. These in-depth conversations provide a glimpse into the greatest achievements of physics during the past few decades, featuring stories of the discoveries, and showing the human drama behind them. The greatest physicists are brought into close human proximity as if readers were having a conversation with them. The interviewees span a wide range of scientists, from such early giants as Eugene Wigner and Mark Oliphant to members of the youngest generation such as the 2001 Nobel laureate Wolfgang Ketterle. The list includes famous personalities of our time, such as Steven Weinberg, Leon Lederman, Norman Ramsey, Edward Teller, John Wheeler, Mildred Dresselhaus, Maurice Goldhaber, Benoit Mandelbrot, John Polkinghorne, and Freeman Dyson.

The Road To Stockholm

Author : István Hargittai
ISBN : 0198607857
Genre : Science
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The Nobel Prize is by far the highest recognition a scientist may receive and the only one that the general public is familiar with. Its prestige has reached improbable heights. At the same time a lot of myth surrounds the Nobel Prize. This book introduces the process of selection of the laureates, discusses the ingredients for scientific discovery and for getting recognition for it. The Nobel Prize has served as inspiration for scientists and the general public for a hundred years, this book helps to appreciate its triumphs as well as its problems.

Women Scientists

Author : Magdolna Hargittai
ISBN : 9780199360000
Genre : Science
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Magdolna Hargittai uses over fifteen years of in-depth conversation with female physicists, chemists, biomedical researchers, and other scientists to form cohesive ideas on the state of the modern female scientist. The compilation, based on sixty conversations, examines unique challenges that women with serious scientific aspirations face. In addition to addressing challenges and the unjustifiable underrepresentation of women at the higher levels of academia, Hargittai takes a balanced approach by discussing how some of the most successful of these women have managed to obtain professional success and personal happiness. Women Scientists portrays scientists from different backgrounds, different geographical regions-eighteen countries from four continents-and leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds, including eight Nobel laureate women. The book is divided into three sections: "Husband and Wife Teams," "Women at the Top," and "In High Positions." Hargittai uses her own experience to introduce her first section on the lives of prominent scientific couples and addresses the joys and disadvantages of husband and wife teams. The second section is a comprehensive exploration of the struggles and triumphs of "women at the top." Hargittai introduces women from countries where relatively little has been written about female scientists. The final section focuses on women scientists involved with science administration and leadership. Hargittai's biographical sketches role models for budding scientists. The book is a much needed account of female presence and influence in the sciences.

Great Minds

Author : Balazs Hargittai
ISBN : 9780199336197
Genre : Science
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Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Istvan, Balazs, and Magdolna Hargittai conducted hundreds of interviews with leading scientists in physics, chemistry, materials, and biomedical research. These interviews appeared in a variety of publications, including Chemical Intelligencer, Mathematical Intelligencer, and Chemical Heritage. In four-thousand pages of interviews, the Hargittais had conversations with over a hundred Nobel laureates, along with many other top minds and personalities in various scientific fields. Now, in a single volume, the Hargittais have gathered the best and most notable moments of these interviews, creating a survey of the past, present, and future of science, as told by some of the most influential members of many scientific disciplines. Figures like James D. Watson, Francis Crick, and Glenn T. Seaborg share their thoughts in these pages, in a collection that includes 68 Nobel Laureates. Without exaggeration, their backgrounds come from all over the globe: scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan are featured. These interviews discuss many of the most prominent debates and issues in today's scientific climate. Great Minds is a synthesis of scientific thought, as told by some of the most notable scientists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

I Died For Beauty

Author : Marjorie Senechal
ISBN : 9780199910830
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In the vein of A Beautiful Mind, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, and Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, this volume tells the poignant story of the brilliant, colorful, controversial mathematician named Dorothy Wrinch. Drawing on her own personal and professional relationship with Wrinch and archives in the United States, Canada, and England, Marjorie Senechal explores the life and work of this provocative, scintillating mind. Senechal portrays a woman who was learned, restless, imperious, exacting, critical, witty, and kind. A young disciple of Bertrand Russell while at Cambridge, the first women to receive a doctor of science degree from Oxford University, Wrinch's contributions to mathematical physics, philosophy, probability theory, genetics, protein structure, and crystallography were anything but inconsequential. But Wrinch, a complicated and ultimately tragic figure, is remembered today for her much publicized feud with Linus Pauling over the molecular architecture of proteins. Pauling ultimately won that bitter battle. Yet, Senechal reminds us, some of the giants of mid-century science--including Niels Bohr, Irving Langmuir, D'Arcy Thompson, Harold Urey, and David Harker--took Wrinch's side in the feud. What accounts for her vast if now-forgotten influence? What did these renowned thinkers, in such different fields, hope her model might explain? Senechal presents a sympathetic portrait of the life and work of a luminous but tragically flawed character. At the same time, she illuminates the subtler prejudices Wrinch faced as a feisty woman, profound culture clashes between scientific disciplines, ever-changing notions of symmetry and pattern in science, and the puzzling roles of beauty and truth.

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