1st Edition

Chemically Speaking
A Dictionary of Quotations




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ISBN 9780750306829
Published May 30, 2002 by CRC Press
583 Pages

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Book Description

In these days of ever-increasing specialization, it is important to gain a broad appreciation of scientific disciplines such as chemistry. With this in mind, Chemically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations contains the words and wisdom of several hundred scientists, writers, philosophers, poets, and academics. Some quotations are illustrated by amusing cartoons. The book is completed by a bibliography and indexes. The bibliography is useful for readers who want to search for more details about the quotations listed. The extensive author and subject indexes provide the perfect tool for locating quotations for practical use or pleasure.

The largest compilation of published chemistry quotations available, this book is designed to be entertaining and informative. It presents quotations so that you can get a feel for the depth and breadth of chemistry, and the visions and styles of chemists past and present. Chemically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotation can be read for entertainment or used as a handy reference.

Table of Contents

Preface

Abstraction
Accident
Accuracy
Acid
Adsorption
Aesthetic
Affinity
Age
Air
Alchemy
Ambition
Analogy
Analysis
Analyst
Answer
Apparatus
Approximate
Atomic Weight
Atom
Authority
Average
Balance
Beauty
Biochemistry
Book
Bubble
Calculation
Candle
Cause and Effect
Central Limit Theorem
Chance
Chaos
Chemical
Chemical Affinities
Chemical Engineer
Chemical Limericks
Chemical Mnemonics
Chemist
Chemistry
Chemistry and Life
Chemistry and Medicine
Chemistry Songs
Classroom Emanations
Commandments
Common Sense
Communication
Compound
Concept
Confusion
Cosmochemistry
Creativity
Criticism
Crystallography
Crystal
Curiosity
Data
Definition
Demonstration
Difference
Discovery
Disorder
Distill
Dogma
Electron
Element
Aluminum
Antimony
Argon
Arsenic
Carbon
Gold
Hydrogen
Iodine
Lead
Mercury
Nitrogen
Oxygen
Phosphorus
Radium
Sodium
Sulphur
Titanium
Uranium
Zinc
Energy
Energy State
Enzyme
Error
Ethics
Experience
Experimenter
Experiment
Explain
Exposition
Fact
Faith
Fermentation
Filter
Fire
Fluorochemistry
Force
Forecast
Formula
Fractal
Gas
Generality
Genius
Geochemistry
Glassware
God
Graph
Guess
Heat
History
Hypothesis
Idea
Ignorance
Imagination
Impossible
Improbable
Independence
Inference
Information
Inorganic
Instrument
Ion
Knowledge
Laboratory
Language
Law
Learn
Life
Literature
Little Willie
Magic
Magic
Mathematics
Matter
Measurement
Mechanics
Metal
Metaphor
Metaphysics
Method
Microscope
Model
Molecule
Motion
Mystery
Naivete
Name
Nature
Nomenclature
Notation
Null Hypothesis
Numbers
Observation
Occam's Razor
Opinion
Order
Organic
Outlier
Paradox
Periodic Law
Philosophy
Physical Science
Plagerism
Pollution
Postulate
Prayer
Precision
Prediction
Probability
Problem
Progress
Proposition
Publication
Purity
Purpose
Question
Radical
Random
Reaction
Reason
Research
Results
Rust
Salt
Science
Scientific
Scientist
Silver Trees
Simplicity
Solid
Soluble
Solution
Speculation
Statistical
Statistician
Statistics
Symbol
Symmetry
Synthesis
Teaching
Terminology
Thermodynamics
Theory
Theorist
Thought
Trial and Error
Truth
Uncertainty
Understand
Unexpected
Unknown
Vacuum
Vision
Volume
Water
Wisdom
Word
Work
Writing
X-Rays

Permissions
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index

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Reviews

"…this is a very useful and often humorous book and, to my knowledge, the only book of quotations dedicated to the subject of chemistry. I recommend Chemically Speaking to anyone who wants to spice up an otherwise dull lecture (it's even got a few quotes for 'thermodynamics'!) or illustrate a point or two in an essay or paper."
-Paul Board in Alchemist, January 2003

"Making people laugh is always important, whether in an after-dinner speech to a gathering of chemists, or even in a lecture on chemical thermodynamics … Carl Gaither and Alma Cavazos-Gaither have evidently been assiduous over the years in putting in their thumb and pulling out a plum. And so for anyone with a speech to make, general essays to set, or with a bedside table, they have produced an indispensable collection, a wonderful bran-tub full of words."
-David Knight in Chemistry and Industry, April 2003

"Anyone who is interested in quotations cannot do without this book. It can also be recommended for those who take pleasure in original phraseology or in poetry with a scientific theme … . It makes easy and agreeable reading with its spacious and attractive layout, and there are a few cartoons that lighten the book in an unobtrusive way."
-Hans-Jurgen Quadbeck-Seeger in Angewandte Chemie

"I am pleased that, thanks to writing this review, I shall have a copy of this book. I know I will dip into it again and again, and always with profit. If you have the chance, I recommend you buy this book and profit from its wisdom as well."
-John Nicholson in Education in Chemistry