Monthly Archives: December 2010

(Mathematical) Explanation in Chemistry

I’m currently playing with the idea that there may be something special to the way chemists use mathematics in explanation. I wrote a quite sketchy seminar paper on the subject, but rather than try to recap it here, I will … Continue reading

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Synthesis, Arabic Etymological Fun, and Beginning a Dissertation

One of the primary activities that chemists engage in is synthesis, the production of new molecules out of already-known components. Nobel Prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann has argued in recent years that this focus on synthesis is part of what makes … Continue reading

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