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Chemistry for the 21st Century

Ehud Keinan (Editor), Israel Schechter (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-30235-2
308 pages
February 2001
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Here, numerous winners of the Wolf prize from all chemical disciplines provide an overview of the new ideas and approaches that will shape this dynamic science over the forthcoming decades and so will have a decisive influence on our living conditions. This glimpse of the future is naturally based on the findings granted us by the rapid increase in chemical research during the 20th century. It may be said that a silent "revolution" took place, the positive results of which are still not fully predicted.

For example, chemists in research laboratories nowadays are able to develop drugs in increasingly short times to treat diseases once thought incurable. They can design new materials that withstand extreme conditions, and predict the properties of compounds that no one has even seen yet. In this exceptional book those breakthroughs of modern chemistry are illustrated and explained by leading scientists.

It stems from the high-quality papers given at the prestigious ceremony to accompany the presentation of the 20th Wolf Prize. It is an extraordinary source for every chemist in industry and academia to get an overview of the highlights of modern chemistry.
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Table of Contents

Some Reflections on Chemistry: Molecular, Supramolecular and Beyond
Chemical Synthesis and Biological Studies of the Epothilones: Microtubule Stabilizing Agents with Enhanced Activity Against Multidrug-Resistant Cell Lines and Tumors
The Spirotetrahydrofuran Motif: Its Role in Enhancing Ligation in Belted Ionophores, Biasing Cyclohexane Conformation, and Restricting Nucleoside/Nucleotide Conformation
Heterogeneous Catalysis: From 'Black Art' to Atomic Understanding
Drugs for a New Millennium
Protein Folding and Beyond
The Enzymology of Biological Nitrogen Fixation
The Chemistry of Nitrogen in Soils
Spherical Molecular Assemblies: A Class of Hosts for the Next Millennium
The Combinatorial Approach to Materials Discovery
On One Hand but Not the Other: The Challenge of the Origin and Survival of Homochirality in Prebiotic Chemistry
Chemical Reaction Dynamics Looks to the Understanding of Complex Systems
The Past, Present, and Future of Quantum Chemistry
Quantum Alchemy
Quantum Chemistry in the Next Millennium: The Next Step
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This book brings together top leaders in the field of chemistry.... to discuss some future developments in chemical research" Journal of American Chemical Society
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