Letters to a Young Chemist

Letters to a Young Chemist

Editor(s): Abhik Ghosh

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011 10:29AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470390436

Online ISBN: 9781118007099

DOI: 10.1002/9781118007099

About this Book

What's it really like to be a chemist?

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, this book 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 serves 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

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: From Fundamentals to Applications

  2. Part II: Chemistry and the Life Sciences

  3. Part III: Functional Materials

  4. Part IV: Chemistry and Energy

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