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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

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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