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Image and Reality: Kekulé, Kopp, and the Scientific Imagination

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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

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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 15th 2010 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2010)
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Excellent and fascinating history of the visualization and pictorial representation of molecules, ranging from the 2D reaction schemes to the realization of the three-dimensional representation of stereoisomers.

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
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Alan J. Rocke (b. 1948) is a historian of scientific thought, and a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University. He has authored more than forty scholarly articles and several books, including Image and Reality: Kekule, Kopp, and the Scientific Imagination and Nationalizing Science: Adolphe Wurtz and the Battle for French Chemistry. His numerous honors include being name ...more
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