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  • William H. Brock


The Epilogue concludes with a brief look at some of the exciting, and more positive, aspects of chemistry since the 1960s: the use of computers to study perfect three-dimensional structural models and design new molecules on the screen; combinatorial chemistry; retrosynthesis; the discoveries of the carbon allotropes fullerene and graphene; and nanotechnology. In an age of cross-disciplinary, transdisciplinary science and technology several historians, sociologists, and philosophers of science have queried whether the concept of distinct scientific disciplines like chemistry, physics, and biology serves a purpose any longer. Has chemistry become a service science, or has chemistry taken over these other disciplines?

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