No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale

Chemistry is a beautiful subject. Beyond the intellectual satisfaction of finding out how things work, there is also aesthetic reward in an optically-active crystal viewed in polarized light, a colorful reaction, or even scientific glassware. We "see" molecules only in the mind's eye, but supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology are beginning to fill the gap between molecules too small to view optically and the macroscopic world. Much of what is found in that realm is almost incredibly beautiful, when viewed through modern microscopes. Photographer Felice Frankel collaborated with materials scientist George Whitesides to produce this very attractive volume of photographs that would enhance anyone's coffee table. However, I was disappointed to find the subtitle to be an unfulfilled promise. There is very little science here, and also only a sprinkling of nanoscale.

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Felice C. Frankel and George M. Whitesides

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 1, 2010