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"Labelling Ball a science writer sells his writing short, for its value lies above all in a range that dissolves the awkward silences between science and the larger culture of which it is part." Marek Kohn - The Independent



Designing the Molecular World: Chemistry at the Frontier, a book by Philip BallMany of the most exciting developments in modern science come not from particle accelerators, astronomical observatories or biotechnology companies but from the benches of chemists. Dubbed "The Cinderella Science", chemistry has come a long way from smells and smoke.

Today's chemists are creating the substances that shape the world and change our lives.

They are engineers in atom-craft, in rearranging the elements into fantastic architectural forms with their own lilliputian beauty. Amongst these creations of the molecular world are the hollow carbon molecules called fullerenes, which may lead to super-strong fibres or electronic devices a hundred times smaller than those on today's silicon chips.

Princeton University Press Hard Back 384 pages (1994) ISBN 0-691-00058-1 Dimensions 1.03 x 9.54 x 6.41 inches ALSO in PAPERBACK

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