The Art of Chemistry: From Myths and Metaphors to Materials, Medicines, and Molecular Machines: Myths, Medicines and Materials

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"This is a beautifully illustrated book...which is both informative and entertaining." (The Catalyst, October 2004) "This book may give you cause to brag about your knowledge..." (Chemist, April 2004) "Yes, Virginia, chemistry can be funny and Greenberg has given us a masterful presentation. This book is recommended for academic and public library collections (and should be read by all chemistry majors)." (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 3) "...a truly fascinating survey and inquiry...very highly recommended..." (Library Bookwatch, January 2003) "...The Art of Chemistry is well written and peppered with Greenberg's witty comments...The more of the book I read, the more I kept on wanting to read..." (Nature, 20 February 2003) ..."If you want to be diverted and occasionally surprised, enquire within..."(Chemistry in Britain, March 2003) "...The book is certainly entertaining, both visually and intellectually..." (The Alchemist - ChemWeb, 2 April 2003) "...recommended..." (Library Journal Reviews, March 15, 2003) "...Arthur Greenberg leads us on an eclectic and very personal 72 short essays accompanied by nearly 200 illustrations...we follow an erratic but fascinating route through the history of chemistry..." (New Scientist, February 1, 2003) "...a rousing sequel to A Chemical History Tour...this large-format work packs in even more v isual treats while romping through chemical history..." (Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 2002) Mentioned with another title Transmutations: "...explores how artists and scientists have depicted the principles, practitioners, and apparatus of episodic and very idiosyncratic history of chemistry..." (American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Spring 2003) "...suitable as a gift for either a chemist or a...student...or as a reference book for a chemistry teacher...a useful visual compendium...captures the joy of collecting chemical images..." (Journal of Chemical Education, June 2003) "...a very interesting mix of interesting treatise on one facet of scientific progress." (Science Books & Films, June 2003) "...The book has an undoubted charm". (Times Higher Educational Supplement, 4 July 2003) "...It has been a pleasure to read this book and then browse extensively through it. It is not only a read for ancients like me, it could also inspire more young people to believe that chemistry makes and interesting life's work and study..." (Chemistry & Industry, 21 July 2003) "...highly entertaining and informative..." (The Chemist, Summer 2003)

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A fascinating collection of the pictures, figures, and diagrams that chemists create to explain their craft In A Chemical History Tour, Arthur Greenberg took readers on a wild romp through the history of chemistry, introducing the unique characters, sometimes bizarre theories, and novel experiments that ultimately produced the modern science. Now Greenberg returns with more tales of chemistry glory, lovingly chronicling the extraordinary artwork that alchemists and chemists have produced in their pursuit of understanding the nature of matter in The Art of Chemistry: Myths, Medicines, and Materials. The Art of Chemistry employs 187 figures (including 16 full-color plates) to illuminate 72 essays on the mythical origins, wondrous experiments, and adventurous explorers in the annals of chemistry. Greenberg divides his delightful study into eight sections: Spiritual and Mythological Roots Stills, Cupels, and Weapons Medicines, Purges, and Ointments An Emerging Science Two Revolutions in France A Young Country and a Young Theory Specialization and Systemization Some Fun Each section tracks chemistry's incremental progress from myth to modern science, featuring the figures and diagrams that early chemists used to explain their craft. Along the way, readers will meet the deadly basilisk and the fabulous phoenix that populated the lore of pre-modern chemistry, learn the contributions to chemistry of the American natural philosopher Benjamin Franklin, and encounter Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry and perhaps France's greatest economist. Greenberg also examines our fundamental connections with science through two personal essays, one on an adolescent friend who improbably (but perhaps inevitably) became a world-renowned entomology professor and the other on his quest to discover his own chemical heritage. The Art of Chemistry is sure to inform and entertain anyone interested in our eternal quest to know the natural world.

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