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May 14, 2012

Off the Shelf- Episode 24: From the Molecular World with Alan Rocke


From the Molecular World

My guest today on Off the Shelf is Professor Alan Rocke. Alan is the Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor here at Case Western Reserve University. He is a historian of science, specializing in the history of the physical sciences during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the development of the science of chemistry and its applications during the course of the nineteenth century, especially in Germany, France, and Great Britain. Alan and I discuss his latest book, entitled From the Molecular World: A Nineteenth Century Science Fantasy, a translation of a work written in the late 19th century by Hermann Kopp.

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