• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 44

    PAULING, Linus (1901-1994). 'Atomic Radii and Interatomic Distances in Metals' offprint from: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 69, pp.542-53. [Washington DC: American Chemical Society], 1947. 4° (253 x 192mm). Text-figs. Original printed wrappers, stapled (staples rusted). Provenance: [J.D. Dunitz] (serial number ink stamp to paper label pasted to upper wrapper). PAULING'S KEY PAPER ON THE STRUCTURE OF METALS, including the formula relating bond number with interatomic distance, and a standard set of atomic radii for transition metals.

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    PAULING, Linus (1901-1994). 'Atomic Radii and Interatomic Distances in Metals' offprint from: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 69, pp.542-53. [Washington DC: American Chemical Society], 1947. 4° (253 x 192mm). Text-figs. Original printed wrappers, stapled (staples rusted). Provenance: [J.D. Dunitz] (serial number ink stamp to paper label pasted to upper wrapper). PAULING'S KEY PAPER ON THE STRUCTURE OF METALS, including the formula relating bond number with interatomic distance, and a standard set of atomic radii for transition metals.

    [Together with:] 18 other offprints by Pauling, and three offprints of biographical memoirs of Pauling by Dunitz. AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF OFFPRINTS BY ONE OF THE GREATEST SCIENTISTS OF THE 20TH-CENTURY, AND ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF MOLECULAR CHEMISTRY. 'He is best known in physics and chemistry for his development of the valence bond theory ... [and its] attempt to describe and permit mathematical analysis of the ways in which atoms link together to form molecules' (ANBO). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962. This lot includes a selection of his papers on theoretical and structural chemistry, and on molecular biology. It includes 'A Proposed Structure for the Nucleic Acids' which was one of Pauling's rare blunders that was the impetus for Crick and Watson to re-enter the field that led to their discovery of the double helix structure for DNA. (22)


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