Leading chemists share what they do, how they do it, and why they love it.
"Letters to a young ..." has been a much–loved way for professionals in a field to convey their enthusiasm and the realities of what they do to the next generation. Now, Letters to a Young Chemist does the same for the chemical sciences.
Written with a humorous touch by some of today′s leading chemists, Letters to a Young Chemist presents missives to "Angela," a fictional undergraduate considering a career in chemistry. The different chapters offer a mix of fundamental principles, contemporary issues, and challenges for the future. Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor of the University of California San Diego, talks about learning to do research and modern physical organic chemistry. Brothers Jonathan and Daniel Sessler explain the chemistry of anesthetics that make modern surgery possible while Elizabeth Nolan talks about biological imaging. Terry Collins talks about green chemistry, a more sustainable way of doing chemistry, while several authors including Carl Wamser, Harry Gray, John Magyar, and Penny Brothers discuss the crucial contributions that chemists can make in meeting global energy needs.
Letters to a Young Chemist gives students and professionals alike a unique window into the real world of chemistry. Entertaining, informative, and full of honest and inspiring advice, it will serve as a helpful guide throughout your education and career.
"The different chapters describe both the wonders of the molecular world and the practical benefits afforded by chemistry ... and if any girl out there thinks that chemistry is a man′s world, this book should be a good antidote."
—Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, and winner of the 2009 US National Medal of Science.
"Letters to a Young Chemist offers significant ammunition for motivating young people to consider chemistry as a career. ... This book should also be required reading for all faculty members who teach chemistry in high schools, colleges, and universities."
—Stephen J. Lippard, Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and winner of the 2006 US National Medal of Science.
Part I From Fundamentals to Applications.
1. Let′s Get Physical (Marye Anne Fox).
2. In Silico: An Alternate Approach to Chemistry and Biology (David A. Case).
3. The Purple Planet: A Short Tour of Porphyrins and Related Macrocycles (Abhik Ghosh).
4. Anesthesia: Don′t Forget Your Chemistry (Jonathan L. Sessler and Daniel I. Sessler).
5. The Green Evolution (Terrence J. Collins).
Part II Chemistry and the Life Sciences.
6. Thinking Like an Enzyme (Judith P. Klinman).
7. Making Sense of Oxygen (Marie–Alda Gilles–Gonzalez).
8. Let’s Visualize Biology: Chemistry and Cellular Imaging (Elizabeth M. Nolan).
9. Bioinorganic Chemistry: Show Your Mettle by Meddling with Metals (Kara L. Bren).
10. Better Than Sliced Bread (Chaitan Khosla).
11. Choreographing DNA (Cynthia J. Burrows).
Part III Functional Materials.
12. Supramolecules to the Rescue! (Seth M. Cohen).
13. Biomaterials at the Beach: How Marine Biology Uses Chemistry to Make Materials (Jonathan J. Wilker).
14. The Advantage of Being Small: Nanotechnology (Michael J. Sailor).
Part IV Chemistry and Energy.
15. Happy Campers: Chemists′ Solutions to Energy Problems (Penelope J. Brothers).
16. Clean Electrons and Molecules Will Save the World (Carl C. Wamser).
17. Metals, Microbes, and Solar Fuel (Harry B. Gray and John S. Magyar).