Roald Hoffman: chemistry as cabaret

By Diana Wichtel In Science

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Roald Hoffmann is, as one interviewer noted, “an especially complex molecule” himself. He is a Holocaust survivor who began to write poetry at the age of 40, essays and philosophical articles at 50 and plays after he turned 60. “Narrative, metaphor and various things like this – I wish scientists would accept these,” he says. “But we are under this burden of the more mathematical the better. These ways of shaping the world around us and thinking about them which are so natural to people in the humanities are hard for scientists to accept because they don’t sound scientistic.” ...

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