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Chemistry In Theatre

Author : Carl Djerassi
ISBN : 9781848169401
Genre : Science
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This book examines the questions “What can science do for the theatre?” and “What can the theatre do for science?” which raise challenges for both theatre professionals and scientists. Unusually, this book deals with plays first and foremost as reading material — as texts to be read alone or in dramatic readings — rather than emphasizing performances on the stage. Concrete examples are given to demonstrate the potential pedagogic value of using the dialogic style and plot structure of plays in science, with a special focus on chemistry. Very few books have dealt with the subject of science-in-theatre and virtually none with chemistry-in-theatre. Texts of the author's two recent plays, Insufficiency and Phallacy, are included in their entirety to offer concrete examples of plays dealing with actual (rather than invented) chemistry. Insufficiency represents an example from the field of beer and champagne bubbles, where the topics of academic tenure and fashion in chemistry are analyzed, whereas in Phallacy, a case history of the similarities and differences between science and art is presented for debate. Contents:Preface:Plays on the Page Rather than StagePlays Dealing with ChemistryInsufficiency:A Play in 9 ScenesPhallacy:A Play in 27 Scenes Readership: Students and professionals in the fields of science and theatre, as well as people who are interested in these two fields. Keywords:Insufficiency;Phallacy;Theatrical Texts;Science-in-Theatre;Drama in the ClassroomReviews:“First hook the fish and then bring it on board. This book is an excellent hook for arousing interest for chemistry and science by playfully uncovering high complexity behind apparent simplicity.”Jean-Marie Lehn “In these tantalizing plays, Djerassi again delivers compelling science-in-fiction, superbly crafted and bristling with his inimitable verve and zest.”Dudley Hershbach “Djerassi's creativity and passion connect science and the arts. Chemistry, drama, ethics, sociology, humor, and more … artistically conceived, engaging, and enriching to all.”Bassam Z Shakhashiri University of Wisconsin President of the American Chemical Society “The essay is an interesting one and its arguments deserve to be discussed. In this edition, the plays themselves are then presented as examples. This edition is well worth a read for the essay alone.”Lablit.com “Scientists who become literary writers are rare … Djerassi's one-man campaign to change that state of affairs has been energetic, inventive and fruitful.”Chemistry World “The bookset is very enjoyable reading, and offers pleasant plots that lead to unexpected outcomes… I vividly recommend this book to all students of the exact sciences, but also to their supervisors, who can use these fictional characters and research activities to discuss the moral principles that underlie the lifelong job of scientists.”The Journal of Astronomical Data “We are pleased to recommend this book both to chemical educators as well as to persons interested in science in general and chemistry in particular. It should also provide chemistry teachers with an example of a neglected genre, Chemistry in Theatre, and an opportunity to show students how 'fashion in science' may influence academic faculty tenure and how chemical analysis may affect the market value of historical art object.”Journal of Chemical Education “Both are highly entertaining and also informative, with well-developed characters and skillful building of tension. The book makes an excellent, stimulating and often provocative read.”Chemistry & Industry

Consciousness Theatre Literature And The Arts 2013

Author : Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe
ISBN : 9781443862479
Genre : Performing Arts
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The essays collected in this volume were initially presented at the Fifth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, held at the University of Lincoln, June 15–17, 2013. The conference was organised on the basis of the success of its predecessors in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011, and on the basis of the success of the Rodopi book series Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, which has to date seen 34 volumes in print, with another 12 in press or in the process of being written. The 2013 conference and the book series highlight the continuing growth of interest within the interdisciplinary field of consciousness studies, and in the distinct disciplines of theatre studies, literary studies, film studies, fine arts and music in the relationship between the object of these disciplines and human consciousness. 35 delegates from 12 countries across the world attended the June 2013 conference in Lincoln; their range of disciplines and approaches is reflected well in this book.

The Sciartist

Author : Walter Grünzweig
ISBN : 9783643902313
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Carl Djerassi seems to have had more than his fair share of lives, some lived sequentially, others simultaneously: world famous research chemist, innovative teacher, birth control guru, successful businessman, art collector, patron of artists, poet, novelist and playwright. That's nine, and I have probably left out some. Surveying Carl Djerassi's remarkable achievements, what most interests me is the shift in the focus of his career from cutting-edge scientific research to writing prose fiction and drama, relatively late in life. I can't think of another example of such a shift that is truly comparable. ~ David Lodge, in The SciArtist *** Carl Djerassi - an Austrian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright - is best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills. Djerassi is also the author of several novels in the "science-in-fiction" genre, including Cantor's Dilemma, in which he explores the ethics of modern scientific research through his protagonist, Dr. Cantor, as well as Chemistry in Theatre: Insufficiency, Phallacy or Both, which demonstrates the potential pedagogic value of using dialogic style and plot structure of plays with a special focus on chemistry. The SciArtist presents criticism, commentaries, and creative responses to Carl Djerassi's literary texts, taking the author's achievements far beyond "the Pill." It represents a complex conversation between the inhabitants of Djerassi's many - and very different - worlds. (Series: Transnational and Transatlantic American Studies - Vol. 11)

The Lost Tools Of Learning

Author : Dorothy L. Sayers
ISBN : 9781610612357
Genre : Education
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Merchants Of Doubt

Author : Naomi Oreskes
ISBN : 9781408828779
Genre : Science
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The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. These scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedly-some of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is "not settled" denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one tobacco executive. These "experts" supplied it. Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, historians of science, roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.

The Science Of God

Author : Gerald L. Schroeder
ISBN : 9781439135969
Genre : Science
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For the readers of The Language of God, another instant classic from "a sophisticated and original scholar" (Kirkus Reviews) that disputes the idea that science is contrary to religion. In The Science of God, distinguished physicist and Biblical scholar Gerald L. Schroeder demonstrates the surprising parallels between a variety of Biblical teachings and the findings of biochemists, paleontologists, astrophysicists, and quantum physicists. In a brilliant and wide-ranging discussion of key topics that have divided science and religion—free will, the development of the universe, the origin of life, and the origin of man—Schroeder argues that the latest science and a close reading of the Bible are not just compatible but interdependent. This timely reissue of The Science of God features a brand-new preface by Schroeder and a compelling appendix that addresses the highly publicized experiment in 2008 in which scientists attempted to re-create the chemical composition of the cosmos immediately after the Big Bang. It also details Schroeder’s lucid explanations of complex scientific and religious concepts, such as the theory of relativity, the passage of time, and the definitions of crucial Hebrew words in the Bible. Religious skeptics, Biblical literalists, scientists, students, and physicists alike will be riveted by Schroeder’s remarkable contribution to the raging debate between science and religion.

Tremendous Trifles

Author : G. K. Chesterton
ISBN : 9781602068841
Genre : Fiction
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British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, humorous style earned him the title of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and nearly 4,000 essays-remain among the most beloved in the English language This 1909 collection shows off Chesterton's talent as a master of short-form prose. These "fleeting sketches," which originally appeared the London newspaper Daily News, describe the most ordinary of events and observations, but through Chesterton's eye, they take on profound new meaning. He explores: . the secret of a train . an extraordinary cabman . the advantages of having one leg . on lying in bed . what he found in his pocket . an orthodox barber . some policemen and a moral . little birds who won't sing . and much more.

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