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Magick, mayhem, and mavericks : the spirited history of physical chemistry

Cobb, Cathy. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 157392976X (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9781573929769 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: print
    420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-402) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: PART I. Aristotle and the ancients : Mathematics, motion and machines -- Introduction -- 1. The ancients : Heavenly geometry -- 2. Aristotle : Touching earth -- 3. The Arabs : Mohammedan amalgamation -- 4. Medieval magick and Renaissance revival : Finding the force -- 5. The merchants : Mathematics of money and machines of war -- PART II. The European scientific revolution : The passionate pursuit of order -- Introduction -- 6. Mathematics : The first wave -- 7. Physics : The first wave -- 8. Chemistry : The first wave -- 9. Mathematics and physics : Wave after wave -- 10. Lavoisier : The chemical tsunami -- PART III. The first atomic wars : Dalton to Perrin -- Introduction -- 11. Dalton's diminutive friends : An atomic theory -- 12. Thermodynamics : The warmth and how it spreads -- 13. Gnats in sunbeams : Kinetic theory of gases -- 14. Statistical mechanics : Maxwell's demon and Boltzmann's dream -- 15. Thermochemistry : Willard Gibbs and the quiet insurrection -- 16. Atoms or not? The test of Jean Perrin -- PART IV. Physics and chemistry come to light : Spectroscopy to quantum mechanics -- Introduction -- 17. Spectroscopy : Rainbows from the sun -- 18. Electromagnetism : The nature of the sun -- 19. Atomic structure : Pieces and puzzles -- 20. The quantum revolution : Little bits of stuff -- 21. Quantum riddle : When is a particle not a particle? When it's a wave -- PART V. The flourish of the physical chemist : Affinity and force -- Introduction -- 22. Rebels and radicals : Quantum chemistry in the United States -- 23. System and symmetry : The further developments of quantum chemistry -- 24. The ionists and affinity : Physikalische Chemie -- 25. Intermolecular forces : The tie that binds -- 26. Heirs to the ionists : Physical chemistry crosses the ocean -- 27. Reaction rates : Physical chemistry keeps pace -- PART VI. The fruits of their labors : The product of physical chemistry -- Introduction -- 28. Physical chemistry and physiology : Not so strange bedfellows -- 29. Nonlinear dynamics : Physical chemists make waves -- 30. Nonotechnology : How low can you go? -- Extreme quantum : The questions keep coming -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.: A lively history of science that explains the concepts of physical chemistry. Having previously taught chemistry, Cobb (physics and mathematics, Aiken Preparatory School) sets out to portray the splendor and complexities of physical chemistry, and tell stories of its heroes and heroines. She uses analogy and example rather than mathematics, to be accessible to non-scientists.
Subject: Chemistry, Physical and theoretical History
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