Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Linus Pauling

His first Nobel Prize was a rare tribute to a career of superb science, rather than to a single discovery. ... from then-new quantum mechanics (which worked well for simple atoms but not for molecules) and the chemistry of atoms in molecules and crystals (their “valencies”), the first adequate theory of the chemical bond. --Paul R. Gross, Emperor of chemistry, The New Criterion, December 1995, review of Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics, by Ted Goertzel & Ben Goertzel, Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, by Thomas Hager, and Linus Pauling in His Own Words: Selected Writings, Speeches, and Interviews, edited by Barbara Marinacci

Recommended reading:
by Linus Pauling at Reading Rat

The Nobel Peace Prize 1962

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1954


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