My Life in the Golden Age of Chemistry: More Fun Than Fun by F. Albert Cotton

By F. Albert Cotton

A massive within the box and every now and then a polarizing determine, F. Albert Cotton's contributions to inorganic chemistry and the world of transitions metals are immense and indisputable. In his personal phrases, My existence within the Golden Age of Chemistry: extra enjoyable than enjoyable describes the past due chemist's youth and school years in Philadelphia, his graduate education and study contributions at Harvard with Geoffrey Wilkinson, and his educational occupation from turning into the youngest ever complete professor at MIT (aged 31) to his broad time at Texas A&M. Professor Cotton's autobiography deals his distinct standpoint at the advances he and his contemporaries completed via the most prolific instances in smooth inorganic chemistry, in learn at the then-emerging box of organometallic chemistry, metallocenes, a number of bonding among transition steel atoms, NMR and ESR spectroscopy, hapticity, and extra. operating in the course of a time of beneficiant executive investment of technological know-how and powerful sponsorship for sturdy examine, Professor Cotton's adventure and observations offer perception into this prolific and intriguing interval of chemistry.

  • Offers own and sometimes wry viewpoint from this popular chemist and recipient of a few of science's maximum honors: the U.S. nationwide Medal of technology (1982), the Priestley Medal (the American Chemical Society's maximum attractiveness, 1998), club within the U. S. nationwide Academy of Sciences and corresponding foreign our bodies, and 29 honorary doctorates
  • Details the heritage at the back of the improvement and emergence of groundbreaking learn in organometallic chemistry and transition metals
  • Provides beautifully-written and interesting perception right into a "Golden Age of Chemistry" and the paintings of traditionally well known chemists

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