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Stories of the Invisible By Philip Ball

Stories of the Invisible
by Philip Ball

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This text provides a new perspective on modern chemical science as a whole. Living cells are full of molecules in motion, communication, co-operation, and competition; applied to synthetic molecular systems they could prove a starting point for the creative reinvention of chemistry.
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Stories of the Invisible: The Molecular World by Philip Ball

What are things made of? "Everything is composed of small mollycules of itself, and they are flying around in concentric circles and arcs and segments," explains Sergeant Fottrell in Flann O'Brien's "The Dalkey Archive". Philip Ball shows that the world of the molecule is indeed a dynamic place. Using the chemistry of life as a springboard, he provides a new perspective on modern chemical science as a whole. Living cells are full of molecules in motion, communication, co-operation, and competition. Molecular scientists are now starting to capture the same dynamism in synthetic molecular systems, promising to reinvent chemistry as the central creative science of the 21st century.

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Stories of the Invisible Reviews


"In a society of chemical agnostics, it is a brave missionary who tries to reveal its mysteries, but that is what the author of Stories of the Invisible has attempted to do--and done remarkably well...Ball is the right person to write this gospel...At no point does Stories of the Invisible sacrifice
sound science for sound bites--we are in the hands of a scholar and true believer."--John Emsley, Nature
"Pop-science enthusiasts will eat it up."--Publishers Weekly
"Ball's inspiring tour of this small world illustrates how molecules assemble and function and how that action influences myriad aspects of the macro world."--Science News
"Ball uses the same refreshing style evident in his previous books...to bring the world of chemistry to the lay reader."--Library Journal
"An intriguing, quick-reading introduction to chemistry's state of play."--Booklist


"In a society of chemical agnostics, it is a brave missionary who tries to reveal its mysteries, but that is what the author of Stories of the Invisible has attempted to do--and done remarkably well...Ball is the right person to write this gospel...At no point does Stories of the Invisible sacrifice
sound science for sound bites--we are in the hands of a scholar and true believer."--John Emsley, Nature
"Pop-science enthusiasts will eat it up."--Publishers Weekly
"Ball's inspiring tour of this small world illustrates how molecules assemble and function and how that action influences myriad aspects of the macro world."--Science News
"Ball uses the same refreshing style evident in his previous books...to bring the world of chemistry to the lay reader."--Library Journal
"An intriguing, quick-reading introduction to chemistry's state of play."--Booklist

"In a society of chemical agnostics, it is a brave missionary who tries to reveal its mysteries, but that is what the author of Stories of the Invisible has attempted to do--and done remarkably well...Ball is the right person to write this gospel...At no point does Stories of the Invisible sacrifice sound science for sound bites--we are in the hands of a scholar and true believer."--John Emsley, Nature
"Pop-science enthusiasts will eat it up."--Publishers Weekly
"Ball's inspiring tour of this small world illustrates how molecules assemble and function and how that action influences myriad aspects of the macro world."--Science News
"Ball uses the same refreshing style evident in his previous books...to bring the world of chemistry to the lay reader."--Library Journal
"An intriguing, quick-reading introduction to chemistry's state of play."--Booklist


"In a society of chemical agnostics, it is a brave missionary who tries to reveal its mysteries, but that is what the author of Stories of the Invisible has attempted to do--and done remarkably well...Ball is the right person to write this gospel...At no point does Stories of the Invisible sacrifice sound science for sound bites--we are in the hands of a scholar and true believer."--John Emsley, Nature


"Pop-science enthusiasts will eat it up."--Publishers Weekly


"Ball's inspiring tour of this small world illustrates how molecules assemble and function and how that action influences myriad aspects of the macro world."--Science News


"Ball uses the same refreshing style evident in his previous books...to bring the world of chemistry to the lay reader."--Library Journal


"An intriguing, quick-reading introduction to chemistry's state of play."--Booklist


About Philip Ball



Philip Ball is a science writer and consultant editor for Nature. He is the author of Self-Made Tapestry, Designing the Molecular World, and H2O: A Biography of Water. He lives in London.

Table of Contents


1: Engineers of the Invisible: Making molecules. 2: Vital Signs: The molecules of life. 3: Take the Strain: Materials from molecules. 4: The Burning Issue: Molecules and energy. 5: Good Little Movers: Molecular motors. 6: Delivering the Message: Molecular communication. 7: The Chemical Computer: Molecular informatoin. Notes and Further Reading

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GOR002814287
Stories of the Invisible: The Molecular World by Philip Ball
Philip Ball
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2001-09-01
220
0192802143
9780192802149
N/A
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