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Chemically Speaking

A Dictionary of Quotations, 1st Edition

Edited by C.C. Gaither, Alma E Cavazos-Gaither

CRC Press

583 pages

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In these days of ever-increasing specialization, it is important to gain a broad appreciation of scientific disciplines such as chemistry. With this in mind, Chemically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations contains the words and wisdom of several hundred scientists, writers, philosophers, poets, and academics. Some quotations are illustrated by amusing cartoons. The book is completed by a bibliography and indexes. The bibliography is useful for readers who want to search for more details about the quotations listed. The extensive author and subject indexes provide the perfect tool for locating quotations for practical use or pleasure.

The largest compilation of published chemistry quotations available, this book is designed to be entertaining and informative. It presents quotations so that you can get a feel for the depth and breadth of chemistry, and the visions and styles of chemists past and present. Chemically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotation can be read for entertainment or used as a handy reference.

Reviews

"…this is a very useful and often humorous book and, to my knowledge, the only book of quotations dedicated to the subject of chemistry. I recommend Chemically Speaking to anyone who wants to spice up an otherwise dull lecture (it's even got a few quotes for 'thermodynamics'!) or illustrate a point or two in an essay or paper."

-Paul Board in Alchemist, January 2003

"Making people laugh is always important, whether in an after-dinner speech to a gathering of chemists, or even in a lecture on chemical thermodynamics … Carl Gaither and Alma Cavazos-Gaither have evidently been assiduous over the years in putting in their thumb and pulling out a plum. And so for anyone with a speech to make, general essays to set, or with a bedside table, they have produced an indispensable collection, a wonderful bran-tub full of words."

-David Knight in Chemistry and Industry, April 2003

"Anyone who is interested in quotations cannot do without this book. It can also be recommended for those who take pleasure in original phraseology or in poetry with a scientific theme … . It makes easy and agreeable reading with its spacious and attractive layout, and there are a few cartoons that lighten the book in an unobtrusive way."

-Hans-Jurgen Quadbeck-Seeger in Angewandte Chemie

"I am pleased that, thanks to writing this review, I shall have a copy of this book. I know I will dip into it again and again, and always with profit. If you have the chance, I recommend you buy this book and profit from its wisdom as well."

-John Nicholson in Education in Chemistry

Table of Contents

Preface

Abstraction

Accident

Accuracy

Acid

Adsorption

Aesthetic

Affinity

Age

Air

Alchemy

Ambition

Analogy

Analysis

Analyst

Answer

Apparatus

Approximate

Atomic Weight

Atom

Authority

Average

Balance

Beauty

Biochemistry

Book

Bubble

Calculation

Candle

Cause and Effect

Central Limit Theorem

Chance

Chaos

Chemical

Chemical Affinities

Chemical Engineer

Chemical Limericks

Chemical Mnemonics

Chemist

Chemistry

Chemistry and Life

Chemistry and Medicine

Chemistry Songs

Classroom Emanations

Commandments

Common Sense

Communication

Compound

Concept

Confusion

Cosmochemistry

Creativity

Criticism

Crystallography

Crystal

Curiosity

Data

Definition

Demonstration

Difference

Discovery

Disorder

Distill

Dogma

Electron

Element

Aluminum

Antimony

Argon

Arsenic

Carbon

Gold

Hydrogen

Iodine

Lead

Mercury

Nitrogen

Oxygen

Phosphorus

Radium

Sodium

Sulphur

Titanium

Uranium

Zinc

Energy

Energy State

Enzyme

Error

Ethics

Experience

Experimenter

Experiment

Explain

Exposition

Fact

Faith

Fermentation

Filter

Fire

Fluorochemistry

Force

Forecast

Formula

Fractal

Gas

Generality

Genius

Geochemistry

Glassware

God

Graph

Guess

Heat

History

Hypothesis

Idea

Ignorance

Imagination

Impossible

Improbable

Independence

Inference

Information

Inorganic

Instrument

Ion

Knowledge

Laboratory

Language

Law

Learn

Life

Literature

Little Willie

Magic

Magic

Mathematics

Matter

Measurement

Mechanics

Metal

Metaphor

Metaphysics

Method

Microscope

Model

Molecule

Motion

Mystery

Naivete

Name

Nature

Nomenclature

Notation

Null Hypothesis

Numbers

Observation

Occam's Razor

Opinion

Order

Organic

Outlier

Paradox

Periodic Law

Philosophy

Physical Science

Plagerism

Pollution

Postulate

Prayer

Precision

Prediction

Probability

Problem

Progress

Proposition

Publication

Purity

Purpose

Question

Radical

Random

Reaction

Reason

Research

Results

Rust

Salt

Science

Scientific

Scientist

Silver Trees

Simplicity

Solid

Soluble

Solution

Speculation

Statistical

Statistician

Statistics

Symbol

Symmetry

Synthesis

Teaching

Terminology

Thermodynamics

Theory

Theorist

Thought

Trial and Error

Truth

Uncertainty

Understand

Unexpected

Unknown

Vacuum

Vision

Volume

Water

Wisdom

Word

Work

Writing

X-Rays

Permissions

Bibliography

Author Index

Subject Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCI013050
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical