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The Most Beautiful Molecule. The Discovery of the Buckyball

  • ID: 2240621
  • Book
  • 340 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology "Very well–written and rewarding an excellent account of the story." Nature Ten years ago, the discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a previously unknown form of carbon, stunned the scientific community, as much for the discovery itself as for the manner in which it came about. In the words of author Hugh Aldersey–Williams. it was an example of "classic bootleg science. The work was done on the back of other, funded projects, and when time would allow. Yet its commercial implications are probably immense." Now, in a lively account, The Most Beautiful Molecule chronicles the events leading up to this momentous discovery and the ongoing, often frenzied aftermath. Hugh Aldersey–Williams leads us on a thrilling expedition to the very forefront of modern chemistry research.
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Making Molecules.

September 1985.

The Search for the Yellow Vial.

On Symmetry and the Sexagesimal.

The Fuller View.

The Chemical Senses.

The Chemist–Stylites.

September 1990.

The Peak of Perfection.

"My Lords, What Does It Do?" The Molecular Architects.

Epilogue: Spot the Ball.

Notes and References.

Index.
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HUGH ALDERSEY–WILLIAMS graduated from Cambridge with a degree in natural sciences, majoring in chemistry. He has since written widely on both science and technology in newspapers and magazines ranging from Popular Science and New Scientist to the Independent, the Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph. He lives in London.
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