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Author Rocke, Alan J., 1948-

Title Image and reality [electronic resource] : Kekulé, Kopp, and the scientific imagination / Alan J. Rocke.

Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 375 pages) : illustrations.
Series Synthesis
Synthesis (University of Chicago. Press)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ether/or -- Springtime for chemistry? -- The education of Alexander Williamson -- Interpreting chemical atoms -- Williamson and Graham -- Grasping the ether -- The experimental dissection of organic molecules -- Excursus: isolated radicals? -- The spread of Williamsonian theory -- The architect of molecules -- The education of August Kekulé -- Kekulé in London -- Excursus: the road to Valence -- Molecular dreams -- Building an unseen structure -- The start of a teaching career -- Early work in Heidelberg -- The theory of polyatomic radicals -- The theory of atomicity of the elements -- Molecular epistemology -- A barometer of the science -- Writing a textbook -- Formulas, models, reality -- Excursus: a case in point -- Erlenmeyer and Kekulé -- Constant or variable atomicity? -- The heuristics of molecular representation -- Couper -- Loschmidt -- Butlerov -- Crum Brown -- Excursus: heurism in action -- The fate of the new graphic formulas -- Molecules as metaphors -- Natural types -- Absolute formulas -- Excursus: looking through the stereoscope -- Molecular democracy or autocracy? -- The revenge of Jupiter's children -- Aromatic apparitions -- First approaches to the problem -- Enter the hexagon -- Benzene through the phenakistoscope -- Excursus: ring around the rosie -- Metachemistry? -- Dimensional molecules -- Early stereospatial speculations -- The spiral staircase -- The pyramid -- Imagination in science: point/counterpoint -- Chemists, physicists, and the microworld -- Kopp's world -- The making of a chemist-historian -- In amongst the molecules -- The response -- The thirsty chemists -- Kekulé's dreams -- The festivities in Berlin -- Kekulé's speech -- The aftermath -- The eureka experience and the unconscious mind -- The scientific image-ination -- Mental images and science -- Mental images and history -- Transdictive images in physics and in chemistry.
Summary Nineteenth-century chemists were faced with a particular problem: how to depict the atoms and molecules that are beyond the direct reach of our bodily senses. In visualizing this microworld, these scientists were the first to move beyond high-level philosophical speculations regarding the unseen. In Image and Reality, Alan Rocke focuses on the community of organic chemists in Germany to provide the basis for a fuller understanding of the nature of scientific creativity. Arguing that visual mental images regularly assisted many of these scientists in thinking through old problems and new possib.
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Subject Kekulé, August, 1829-1896.
Kopp, Hermann, 1817-1892.
Kekulé, August, 1829-1896.
Kopp, Hermann, 1817-1892.
Chemistry, Organic -- History -- 19th century.
Science -- Methodology -- History.
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Rocke, Alan J., 1948- Image and reality. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2010 9780226723327 (DLC) 2009025749 (OCoLC)419263942
ISBN 9780226723358 (electronic bk.)
0226723356 (electronic bk.)
9780226723327 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226723321 (cloth ; alk. paper)