1: Engineers of the Invisible: Making molecules
2: Vital Signs: The molecules of life
3: Take the Strain: Materials from molecules
4: The Burning Issue: Molecules and energy
5: Good Little Movers: Molecular motors
6: Delivering the Message: Molecular communication
7: The Chemical Computer: Molecular informatoin
Notes and Further Reading
Philip Ball is a science writer and a consultant editor for Nature,
where he was formerly an editor for physical science for over 10
years. He writes about all areas of science for the international
press, and has broadcast on TV and radio. His previous books
include Designing the Molecular World, The Self-Made Tapestry,
H20:A Biography of Water and The Ingredients: A Guided Tour of the
Elements . He holds a degree in chemistry
from Oxford University and a doctorate in physics from Bristol University. He lives in London, where his Homunculus Theatre Company occasionally performs on a shoestring budget.
`Review from previous edition If the intimate workings of molecules
seem invisible, through Philip Ball's lively pros we see
them--coming to life, helping us live. A special delight of this
excellent book is the tie that emerges between the wondrous
molecules of nature and those chemists make in the laboratory.'
Ronald Hoffmann, Chemistry Nobel Laureate 1981
`Almost no aspect of the exciting advances in molecular research studies at the beginning of the 21st Century has been left untouched and in so doing, Ball has presented an imaginative, personal overview, which is as instructive as it is enjoyable to read.'
Harry Kroto, Chemistry Nobel Laureate 1996
`At no point does Stories of the Invisible sacrifice sound science for sound bites - we are in the hands of a scholar and true believer.'
John Emsley Nature 20/08/2001
`This is a very readable and non-technical survey . . . All of the ingredients of a good work of ficiton are here. It really is a good bedtime read for all.'
`Stories of the Invisible is a lucid account of the way that chemists see the molecular world . . . the text is enriched with many historical and literature references, and is accessible to the reader untrained in chemistry'