Molecules are the building blocks of matter. Using the molecules of life as a springboard, Philip Ball provides a new perspective on modern chemistry. He shows how molecular scientists are capturing the dynamism of biological molecules in synthetic systems, promising to reinvent chemistry as the central creative science of the new century.
- Popular science writing at its very best
- Takes newcomers to the subject all the way up to current research in new areas of chemistry
- A non-traditional approach to chemistry, focusing on what chemistry might become during this century, rather than a survey of its past
- Concentrates on molecules in living systems, and on how synthetic chemistry often takes its inspiration from organic molecules
About the Author(s)
Philip Ball, Freelance science writer and consultant editor of Nature
Philip Ball is a science writer and a consultant editor for Nature, where he was formerly an editor for physical science for over 10 years. He writes about all areas of science for the international press, and has broadcast on TV and radio. His previous books include Designing the Molecular World, The Self-Made Tapestry, H20:A Biography of Water and The Ingredients: A Guided Tour of the Elements . He holds a degree in chemistry from Oxford University and a doctorate in physics from Bristol University. He lives in London, where his
Homunculus Theatre Company occasionally performs on a shoestring budget.
Review from previous edition If the intimate workings of molecules seem invisible, through Philip Ball's lively pros we see them—coming to life, helping us live. A special delight of this excellent book is the tie that emerges between the wondrous molecules of nature and those chemists make in the laboratory. - Ronald Hoffmann, Chemistry Nobel Laureate 1981
Almost no aspect of the exciting advances in molecular research studies at the beginning of the 21st Century has been left untouched and in so doing, Ball has presented an imaginative, personal overview, which is as instructive as it is enjoyable to read. - Harry Kroto, Chemistry Nobel Laureate 1996
At no point does Stories of the Invisible sacrifice sound science for sound bites - we are in the hands of a scholar and true believer. - John Emsley Nature 20/08/2001
This is a very readable and non-technical survey . . . All of the ingredients of a good work of ficiton are here. It really is a good bedtime read for all. - THES 04/01/2002
Stories of the Invisible is a lucid account of the way that chemists see the molecular world . . . the text is enriched with many historical and literature references, and is accessible to the reader untrained in chemistry - THES, 04/01/2002