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Asimov On Chemistry By Isaac Asimov

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Asimov On Chemistry by Isaac Asimov

     The Book Asimov on Chemistry by Isaac Asimov is a collection of
seventeen essays that he wrote for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
This book is one of ten that were published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. Not
all of the books centered on chemistry and like science. Most just covered
anything Isaac Asimov wondered about. These Essays date back quite aways with a
range from January 1959 to April 1966.


The Weighting Game
      This i found to be the most boring in the whole book. It covers
chemical atomic weight and physical atomic weight. It also gives chemical ...view middle of the document...

He also tells you a few way to poison youself in
a lab such as mixing xenon and flourine. He then goes off and explains how
flourine was used and discovered along with who died in this process. A few
other poisonous chemical compounds are also mentioned.

To Tell a Chemist
     This is Isaac Asimov's way of telling if someone is chemist or not. The
two questions are: (1) How do you pronounce UNIONIZED? and (2) what is a mole?
He feels that if you can say un-EYE-on-ized and talk for hours about molecular
weight to define mole, then you must be a chemist.


The Evens Have It
     Concluded here is how isotopes are impractical and how to identify them.
He then descibes how an isotope is constructed. also he says an element with an
even atomic number is without stable or semi-stable elements, execpt nine
elements. Thus the Earth is of the even/even form having isotopes wtih an even
number of neutrons.


You, Too, Can Speak Gaelic
     Here you are given basic instrucions on how to pronouce seventeen
sylable words. His example is para-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde (PA-ruh-dy-METH-
il-a-MEE-noh-ben-ZAL-duh-hide). He then tells the origin and evolution of the
different words for methyl and ethyl alcohol along with there atomic structure.


The Haste-makers
     Asimov talks about catalysts and the origins. He tells how a catalyst
works and what causes it to. Also, he proves that a catalyst is in no way
magical after having a lecture about this from his editor. In the end catalyst
are made of enzymes that cause life.

Life's Bottleneck
     This deals with how man is dumping phosphorus into the ocean due to
plumbing. this is mixing up the ocean and the sea floor causing phosphorus to
stay at the bottom of ocean instead of circulating. Also, sewage dumping is a
major pollutant for the ocean.

The Egg and Wee
     Asimov talks about and contemplates how all life can be placed in a egg
which is so small. He ends by talking about the volume and number of atoms
certain viruses contain along with who died studying them.

That's Life
     Explanations of life are given here. Asimov talks about people theories
and definitions of life over past years. People tried to say what was living...

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