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Image and Reality: Kekule, Kopp, and the Scientific Imagination

Alan J. Rocke

Abstract

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. This book 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 possibilities, it uses a vari ... More

Keywords: chemists, atoms, molecules, chemistry, Germany, chemical structures, scientific creativity, mental images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226723327
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226723358.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan J. Rocke, author