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Books about chemists
« on: August 11, 2014, 07:51:45 PM »
Do any of you have recommendations for books about the personal experiences of famous chemists?

I'm looking for something similar in style to Feynman's two personal books, but about a chemist, of course.

I've searched here and on Google with no results.
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Re: Books about chemists
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2014, 11:30:33 PM »
Although he's gone somewhat BSI* since he won his Nobel, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field by Kary Mullis probably fits the bill.

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Re: Books about chemists
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 02:19:25 AM »
Not exactly about a chemist, but Uncle Tungsten comes to mind.
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Re: Books about chemists
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2014, 04:49:47 AM »
Thanks fellas.
I'll check 'em out.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2014, 04:46:02 AM »
A Life of Magic Chemistry by George A. Olah
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2014, 12:19:52 PM »
Great, I just ordered it and one of the ones mentioned above (used and cheap!).
Thank you for the suggestion.
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Re: Books about chemists
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2015, 11:19:49 AM »
I don't remember how many of them are "famous", but "African American Women Chemists" http://www.amazon.com/African-American-Women-Chemists-Jeannette/dp/019974288X

I'm not a woman or African American but I found the book very interesting.

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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2016, 11:49:24 AM »
There was a journal that published interviews with well known chemists, called The Chemical Intelligencer.  http://www.worldcat.org/title/chemical-intelligencer/oclc/32277687

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Re: Books about chemists
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2016, 03:36:44 PM »
There was a journal that published interviews with well known chemists, called The Chemical Intelligencer.  http://www.worldcat.org/title/chemical-intelligencer/oclc/32277687

That looks interesting.

I found another book over the summer to add to the list: The Periodic Table by Primo Levi. I don't know how I missed it for so long as Levi's works are quite popular.
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