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Image and Reality: Kekulé, Kopp, and the Scientific Imagination
Nineteenth-century chemists were faced with a particular problem: how to depict the atoms and molecules that are beyond the direct reach of our bodily senses. In visualizing this microworld, these scientists were the first to move beyond high-level philosophical speculations regarding the unseen. In Image and Reality, Alan Rocke focuses on the community of organic chemists...more
A few small issues: Rocke tries to sell it in the preface as a book approachable by both chemists and non-chemists. As a chemist myself, there was definitely some puzzling to do, and I can't imagine non-chemists getting much at all from it. On top of that, Rocke is painfully academic in ...more