Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks: The Spirited History of Physical Chemistry

Magick Mayhem and Mavericks The Spirited History of Physical Chemistry Science popularizer Cathy Cobb takes a unique approach to explaining the concepts of physical chemistry by telling the story of the geniuses and eccentrics who made groundbreaking discoveries in this

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  • Title: Magick, Mayhem, and Mavericks: The Spirited History of Physical Chemistry
  • Author: Cathy Cobb
  • ISBN: 9781573929769
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Science popularizer Cathy Cobb takes a unique approach to explaining the concepts of physical chemistry by telling the story of the geniuses and eccentrics who made groundbreaking discoveries in this fascinating field that bridges chemistry, physics, and mathematics The result is entertaining and illuminating.Her tale is about the colorful varieties of human character asScience popularizer Cathy Cobb takes a unique approach to explaining the concepts of physical chemistry by telling the story of the geniuses and eccentrics who made groundbreaking discoveries in this fascinating field that bridges chemistry, physics, and mathematics The result is entertaining and illuminating.Her tale is about the colorful varieties of human character as well as the struggles to understand the workings of the material world Through true stories of rebels, recluses, heroes, and rogues, she helps the reader to discover how one idea built upon another and how an elegant discipline arose out of centuries of difficult trial and error.Starting with the ancient Greeks, Cobb takes the reader on a sweeping tour of history She shows how an understanding of basic chemical properties gradually arose out of ancient Greeks mathematics, Muslim science, medieval magick, and the healing arts Her tour continues through the scientific revolution, the emergence of physical chemistry as an independent discipline, and up to the present Today, physical chemists contribute to the fields of chemical physiology, chemical oscillations and waves, quantum mechanics, and the curious and promising field of nanotechnology.This absorbing, eloquently written history of science is loaded with intuitive imagery, everyday analogies, and a colorful cast of characters who are guaranteed to entertain as well as edify.

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    1. I'm probably not the target audience for this book, since I’ve had several years of “the calculus” (as Cobb calls it) and taken two semesters of college freshman General Chemistry. My review is possibly overly harsh. With that said, here are my thoughts on the book. It's not true that Tycho Brahe "could go out and make a sighting; come in, have dinner, make another sighting, come in, have dinner, then make another sighting-- all without worrying that the planets might have moved out of vie [...]

    2. Cobb's explanation of mysterious things (like what calculus does) is excellent and I much appreciated her analogies in explaining complex chemical issues. I took about fifteen pages of notes on the book, many of which were questions I would like to explore. However, about halfway through the book-basically after spectroscopy, I found myself quite restless with the author's writing style and no longer could grasp the physics as well, possibly because I find calculus mysterious. Cobb is an excelle [...]

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