Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No.4, July 1999

1999, Vol. 21
No. 4 (July)
.. 40th Council Meeting
.. IUPAC Activities
.. Reports from Symposia
.. Highlights from the Web
.. Report of 1998 Accounts
.. New Books and Publications
.. Provisional Recommendations
.. Awards
.. Conference Announcements
.. Conferences

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Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No. 4

July 1999

New Books and Publications

New Books from the Royal Society of Chemistry

The Age of the Molecule

This publication describes current cutting-edge research, as well as the excitement and achievements of chemistry in the past that have enabled molecular sciences to make a huge impact on progress in the 20th century. The Age of the Molecule is written in clear, accessible language (at the level of Scientific American) by leading young scientists for a nonspecialist audience. It covers topics of general interest, discusses probable applications for the next millennium, and will be an invaluable resource for schools and colleges. The Royal Society of Chemistry intends to send a copy of the publication to every secondary school, college, and university in the United Kingdom.

Contributions to the book include a foreword by Prime Minister Tony Blair and a conclusion from Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto FRS of the University of Sussex. Mr. Blair observes that "Advances in chemistry contribute directly to our everyday livesÉ The Age of the Molecule contains wonderful examples of the exciting achievements of chemists worldwide, as well as alerting us to the challenges that lie ahead". In his epilogue, Sir Harry Kroto comments that "Scientific breakthroughs have truly revolutionized all our livesÉ in each advance, chemistry in all its aspects has been involved".

Each of the 10 chapters in The Age of the Molecule examines ways in which different branches of the molecular sciences have directly affected our lives. Topics include the age of plastics, analysis and structure of molecules, chemical marriage brokers, chemistry of life, computational chemistry and the virtual laboratory, following chemical reactions, make me a molecule, new science from new materials, power of electrochemistry, and the world of liquid crystals. All chapters are illustrated with vivid images designed to reflect the central themes of the book.

Cost of the publication is GBP 19.50 for nonmembers of the Royal Society of Chemistry and GBP 15.00 for members.

For further information, contact Tracey Wells, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1V 0BN, UK.

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