Science popularizer Cobb takes a unique approach to explaining the concepts of physical chemistry, telling the story of the geniuses and eccentrics who made groundbreaking discoveries in this fascinating field. Illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 399-402) and index.
Pt. I. Aristotle and the Ancients: Mathematics, Motion, and Machines
1. The Ancients: Heavenly Geometry
2. Aristotle: Touching Earth
3. The Arabs: Mohammedan Amalgamation
4. Medieval Magick and Renaissance Revival: Finding the Force
5. The Merchants: Mathematics of Money and Machines of War
Pt. II. The European Scientific Revolution: The Passionate Pursuit of Order
6. Mathematics: The First Wave
7. Physics: The First Wave
8. Chemistry: The First Wave
9. Mathematics and Physics: Wave after Wave
10. Lavoisier: The Chemical Tsunami
Pt. III. The First Atomic Wars: Dalton to Perrin
11. Dalton's Diminutive Friends: An Atomic Theory
12. Thermodynamics: The Warmth and How It Spreads
13. Gnats in Sunbeams: Kinetic Theory of Gases
14. Statistical Mechanics: Maxwell's Demon and Boltzmann's Dream
15. Thermochemistry: Willard Gibbs and the Quiet Insurrection
16. Atoms or Not? The Test of Jean Perrin
Pt. IV. Physics and Chemistry Come to Light: Spectroscopy to Quantum Mechanics
17. Spectroscopy: Rainbows from the Sun
18. Electromagnetism: The Nature of the Sun
19. Atomic Structure: Pieces and Puzzles
20. The Quantum Revolution: Little Bits of Stuff
21. Quantum Riddle: When Is a Particle Not a Particle? When It's a Wave
Pt. V. The Flourish of the Physical Chemist: Affinity and Force
22. Rebels and Radicals: Quantum Chemistry in the United States
23. System and Symmetry: The Further Developments of Quantum Chemistry
24. The Ionists and Affinity: Physikalische Chemie
25. Intermolecular Forces: The Tie That Binds
26. Heirs to the Ionists: Physical Chemistry Crosses the Ocean
27. Reaction Rates: Physical Chemistry Keeps Pace
Pt. VI. The Fruits of Their Labors: The Product of Physical Chemistry
28. Physical Chemistry and Physiology: Not So Strange Bedfellows
29. Nonlinear Dynamics: Physical Chemists Make Waves
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