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October 21, 1950

Phenomena, Atoms and Molecules: An Attempt to Interpret Phenomena in Terms of Mechanisms or Atomic and Molecular Interactions

JAMA. 1950;144(8):723. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920080125044

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The varied contents of this volume are such that any but the most apathetic reader is sure to find something of genuine interest. The first 31 pages are devoted to three chapters discussing the relation of science to society (especially the world control of atomic energy) and are made significant by the author's felicitous way of illustrating generalities with specific facts of experience. This same happy quality distinguishes the remaining pages, in which 15 chapters of physical chemistry are made fascinating by constant reference to things the author has actually done with flames, arcs, films and crystals. The book is not especially addressed to physicians, but every physician who is interested in the fundamentals of modern physical chemistry will find much here that is worth perusal. He will find it possible to shut his eyes to the differential equations and integral signs and still, like a passenger on a roller

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