A semiempirical life (Profiles, pathways, and dreams)

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9780841217973: A semiempirical life (Profiles, pathways, and dreams)
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This volume is an autobiography of Michael Dewar, eminent developer of the semi-empirical method of theoretical/computational chemistry. The personality and charm of this bold, brilliant and frequently brash scientist is vividly demonstrated in his stories, ranging from his early discovery of the structure of colchicine by analysis of literature data to his application of theoretical chemistry to numerous questions of chemical structure and reactivity. Dewar describes his childhood in India, his studies in Oxford in the 1940's, and his subsequent Professorships in England and at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas.

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"Young academic chemists may think themselves too busy to read books of this series, which is a pity: they might learn how to take a detached view of their own work, and ask the question, am I working on truly significant problems in the small time life has allotted to me?"--The Chemical Intelligencer


"Dewar's 'A semiempirical life' contains a different philosophy about chemistry: 'Chemistry is something one should enjoy, it is or should be fun. I have always found it so.' However, his frustrating attempts to acquire a NMR spectrometer while at Queen Mary College, London University reads like an exception to this 'fun'. On the other hand, Dewar's doodles of plants and imaginary animals, made during 'a particularly awful meeting of some London University committee' and reproduced in his autobiography, are ample proof that fun never left him."--Interdisciplinary Science Reviews


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