Roald Hoffmann

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An Octet in Flushing Meadows, R. Hoffmann and D.L.V.K. Prasad, American Scientist, 109, 144-147 (2021).

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Druzhba, Kotoraya Dlilas’ 35 Let (A Friendship Over 35 Years), Koordinats. Khim., 47, 1-4 (2021). Russian Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 47(8), 583-586 (2021).

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Simulation vs Understanding: A Tension, in Quantum Chemistry and Beyond, C. Toward Consilience, R. Hoffmann and J.-P. Malrieu, Angewandte Chemie 59, 13694-13710 (2020).

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Simulation vs Understanding: A Tension, in Quantum Chemistry and Beyond, B. The March of Simulation, for Better or Worse, R. Hoffmann and J.-P. Malrieu, Angewandte Chemie, 59, 13156-13178 (2020).

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Simulation vs Understanding: A Tension, in Quantum Chemistry and Beyond, A. Stage Setting, R. Hoffmann and J.-P. Malrieu, Angewandte Chemie, 59, 12590-125610 (2020).

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Das Gleiche und das Nichtgleiche, Scheidewege, 2018, pp. 305-314.

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Creature and Creation, Chemical & Engineering News, Jan. 1, 2018, p. 24-25.

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231a. “A recent stamp of Ukraine,” Philatelia Chimica et Physica, 38 (4), 2017, 149-152.

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Fundamental and Applied Science, Academia and Industry, a Creative Tension in Today’s Chemistry (in Japanese), Kagakushi (The Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry), 44(3), 150-157 (2017).

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Reflections on Art in Science, in Arte y Ciencia, Ciencia y Arte, Ed. Miguel A. Méndez-Rojas, Universidad de las Americas, San Andres Cholula, 2017, pp. 16-25.

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Foreword to Victor Fet, Poety storony: Stichorvorenia i poemi, Eretype, Portlaoise, Ireland, 2016.

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A Lost Letter, Revue Roumaine de Chimie 61 (4-5), 239-242 (2016).

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Homo Citans and Carbon Allotropes: For an Ethics of Citation. R. Hoffmann, A.A. Kabanov, A.A. Golov, D.M. Proserpio. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55 (2016), 10962-10976. 

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Preface to The Interview by Luisa Etxenique and Gustavo Ariel Schwartz, El Gallo de Oro, 2016.


Preface to Chemistry as a Game of Molecular Construction: The Bond-Click Way by Sason Shaik, Wiley, 2016. 


Preface to the Journal of Organic Chemistry’s special issue, J. Org. Chem. 80 (2015), 11629.

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Tension in Chemistry and Its Conténts, Accountability in Research 22 (2015), 330-345.

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 The Many Guises of Aromaticity, American Scientist 103, 18-22 (2014). 

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The Magic Force, Foreword to Catalysis, ed. P. Hofmann and L. Gade (Wiley-VCH, 2014), xix-xxvii.

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The Tensions of Scientific Storytelling, American Scientist, 102, 250-253 (2014).

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Little Interactions Mean a Lot, American Scientist, 102 (2014), 94-97.


Preface to Molecules of an Author in Search of Memory: A Civil-Scientific Play of Two Acts by Luigi Dei. Firenze University Press, 2014, pp. iv-v.

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Maltese Reflections. Chemical and Engineering News, 91, 5, 2013.


Preface to The Philosophy of Chemistry: Practices, Methodologies, and Concepts, ed. Jean-Pierre Llored, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp.  xiii-xvi.



How Things End, in Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership, ed. Menachem Genack, Sterling Ethos, 2013, pp. 43-46.



How a Simple Molecular Orbital Method Took Shape in the Lipscomb Group, in The Selected Papers of William N. Lipscomb, Jr.: A Legacy in Structure-Function Relations, ed. Jianpeng Ma, Imperial College Press, 2013, pp. 149-150.



Street legàmi tra arte e chimica, Il Sole 24 Ore, 2 June 2013, Domenica Supplement, p. 29.


The Joy of Chemistry, R. Hoffmann and B. Shakhashiri. Chemical and Engineering News 91(27) (July 8, 2013), p. 3.


The Thermodynamic Sinks of This World, American Scientist, 101, 260-263 (2013).

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Preface to Sierra, M. de la Torre and F.P. Cossio, More Dead Ends and Detours (Wiley-VCH).



A Personal Meditation on Creativity, Foreword to Science Sifting, Rodney R. Dietert and Janice Dietert (World Scientific Press, 2013), pp. xi-xiv.



Foreword to Aromaticity and Other Conjugation Effects, ed. Rolf Gleiter and Gebhard Haberhauser, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2012, pp. vii-viii.


Chemistry: Art, Craft, Labor and the Transformation of Matter (in Russian), Vestmik Russiiskoi Akademii Nauk, 82(10), 917-920 (2012).


A Weed, a God, in Light Years (Anos Luz), ed. Eulalia Bosch, Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport, 2012, in English and Spanish, pp. 37-41.


Bonding to Hydrogen, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 100, 374-378 (2012).

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 Reflections on Art in Science, R. Hoffmann in Convergence: The Art Collection of the National Academy of Sciences, ed. by J.D. Talasek and Alana Quinn (National Academy of Sciences, 2012), 85-87.



Passerelles, R. Hoffmann, Chemical Heritage, 30(2), 37 (2012).


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Long Live the Intermediate! American Scientist 100, 116-119 (2012).


What, Another Nobel Prize in Chemistry to a Nonchemist? R. Hoffmann, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 51, 1734-1735 (2012).


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That's Interesting, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 99, 374-377 (2011).

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Empathy Is Global, R. Hoffmann, Preface to Chemistry as a Second Language: Chemical Education in a Globalized Society, eds. Charity Flener Lovitt and Paul Kelter (American Chemical Society, 2011), ix-x.


One Shocked Chemist, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 99, 116-119 (2011).

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For the 60th Birthday of Eiichi Nakamura, R. Hoffmann, Guest Editorial in Chem. Asian J. 6, 240-241 (2011).

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"Shining Light, Shedding Light," Preface to B. Shakhashiri (ed.), Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, Vol. 5 (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), pp. xiii-xix.

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R. B. Woodward's Unfinished Symphony: Designing Organic Superconductors (1975-1979), M. P. Cava, M. V. Lakshmikantham, R. Hoffmann, and R. M. Williams, Tetrahedron 67, 6771-6797 (2011).

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Learning and Teaching Strategies, Roald Hoffmann and Saundra Y. McGuire, American Scientist, 98, 378-382 (2010).

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Two Lives, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist, 98, 117-120 (2010).

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Abstract Science? R. Hoffmann, American Scientist, 97, 450-453 (2009).

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Honesty to the Singular Object, R. Hoffmann in Sprache, Lugen und Moral: Geschichtenerzahlen in Wissenschaft und Literatur, ed. Margery Arent Safir. Suhrkamp Insel: Frankfurt (2009), pp.84-110.


Teaching and Learning Strategies That Work, Letter to the Editor, Roald Hoffmann and Saundra Y. McGuire, Science, 325, 1203-1204 (Sept. 4, 2009).

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Review of "Stereochemistry Workbook, 191 Problems and Solutions," by K.-H. Hellwich and C.D. Siebert, Bellstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 5 (2009).

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Cost Cuts Should Come from Research, Not Just Education, R. Hoffmann, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commentary, May 8, 2009.

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Foreword, R. Hoffmann in H. Dodziuk, ed., Strained Hydrocarbons, Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2009.

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The Squeeze Is On, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 97, 108 (2009).

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The Chemistry Is Right, R. Hoffmann, preface to Liaisons a Histoires by Alain Sevin, Christine Dezarnaud Dandine, Piem, Ellipses, Paris 2008.

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The Tense Middle, R. Hoffmann in This I Believe II, ed. J. Allison, D. Gediman, Henry Holt, New York, 2008, pp. 112-114.

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Predicting Molecules--More Realism, Please, R. Hoffmann, P. von Rague Schleyer and H. F. Schaefer III, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 7164-7167 (2008).

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Why Think Up New Molecules? Roald Hoffmann, American Scientist, 96, 372 (2008).

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Learning from Molecules in Distress, R. Hoffmann and H. Hopf, Angewandte Chemie, 47, 4474-4481 (2008).

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A Passion for Chemistry and Art, R. Hoffmann, L'Actualite Chimique Canadienne, 20-21 (March 2008).


On My Mind: Roald Hoffmann on Filling in Atoms, Seed Magazine , p.3 (Jan./Feb. 2008).


For a Few Atoms More, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 96(2), 104-106 (2008).

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Foreword to Turning Points in Solid-State, Materials and Surface Science, K.D.M. Harris and P.P. Edwards, eds., Cambridge, Royal Society of Chemistry, v-vi (2008).


Concluding Comments to The Artificial and the Natural: An Evolving Polarity, B. Bensaude-Vincent and W.R. Newman, eds., Cambridge, MIT Press, 313-314 (2007).


Foreword to Dazzle Gradually by Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan, Chelsea Green, White River Junction, VT, pp. xi-xiii (2007).


Robert Winokur's Houses, R. Hoffmann, New Ceramics 3, 12-16 (2007).

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Legally Sweet, Roald Hoffmann, American Scientist 95(4), (2007).

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John Meurig Thomas, R. Hoffmann, preface to Turning Points in Solid-State, Materials and Surface Chemistry, by Kenneth Harris and Peter P. Edwards, Royal Society of Chemistry, London (2007).


La belleza della chimica, R. Hoffmann, trans. S. Coyaud, Il Sole 24 Ore, Milano, Domenica Supplement, 7 Jan. 2007, p. 33.

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Blow-up, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 95(1) (2007).

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What Might Philosophy of Science Look Like If Chemists Built It? Synthèse,155(3), 321-336 (2007).

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Mme. Lavoisier's Necessaire, R. Hoffmann, in Attachments by A.C. Dannenberg, Aava Books, Helsinki (2006).


Elettroni sopra Petra, R. Hoffmann, Atlantide, II(4), 9-10 (2006); reprinted as "Quei giovani: Il Premio Nobel Roald Hoffmann" in Cultura & Societa, 32-33 (12/23/2006).

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Making Sense of the Image in the Nanoworld, R. Hoffmann, in Blow-up: Images from the Nanoworld, seen by Lucia Covi, Damiani editore, Bologna, 2006.

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Remembering, Returning, Forgiving, R. Hoffmann, International Herald Tribune, August 25, 2006.

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Cosi simili, cosi diverse 4. Ephedrine and Primo Levi, R. Hoffmann, script from Sylvie Coyaud's radio show, August 27, 2006.

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Cosi simili, cosi diverse 3. Plain Vanilla, R. Hoffmann, script from Sylvie Coyaud's radio show, August 20, 2006.

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Cosi simili, cosi diverse 2. Left Foot in Right Shoe, R. Hoffmann, script from Sylvie Coyaud's radio show, August 13, 2006.

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Cosi simili, cosi diverse 1. For a Few Atoms More: Testosterone and Doping, R. Hoffmann, script from Sylvie Coyaud's radio show, August 6, 2006.

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The Metaphor, Unchained, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 94(5), 406-407 (2006).

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Preface to Liasons Chimiques: Structure et Reactivite by Alain Sevin and Christine Dezarnaud-Dandine, R. Hoffmann, v-vi, Dunod, Paris (2006).

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Love Between the Atoms: Eva Kwong, R. Hoffmann, Sculpture, 25(3), 42-43 (2006).

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Foreword to Alfred Neubauer's Bittere Nobelpreise, R. Hoffmann, Herstellung und Verlag: Books on Demand GmbH, 7-8, Norderstedt (2005).

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Old Gas, New Gas, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 94(4), 16-18 (2005).

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Roald Hoffmann, in Mariana Cook, Faces of Science, Norton, New York (2005).

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Materials: The Bridge Between Chemistry and Physics, R. Hoffmann, preface to Computational Chemistry of Solid State Materials, R. Dronskowski, Wiley-VCH (2005).

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Storied Theory, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 93(4), 308-312 (2005).

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Science, Language and Poetry, R. Hoffmann, in Motivating Science: Science Communication from a Philosophical, Educational and Cultural Perspective, ed. Nigel Sanitt, London: Pantaneto Press, 71-75 (2005).

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The Natural Philosopher Returns, Singing, R. Hoffmann, in Considering the Radiance, ed. D. Burak & R. Gilbert, New York: Norton & Co., 173 (2005).

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Science on the Cafe Scene, R. Hoffmann, Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences 58(2), 39 (2005).

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Theoretical Chemistry, R. Hoffmann, in Foundations of Chemistry, 6, 11 (2004).

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Shall We Change? R. Hoffmann, in NCECA Journal 25, The Alchemy of Art and Science, 84 Indianapolis: NCECA (2004).

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Instruction, R. Hoffmann, in Do It, ed. Hans Ulrich Obrist, New York: e-flux, 150-151 (2004).


A Claim on the Development of the Frontier Orbital Explanation of Electrocyclic Reactions, R. Hoffmann, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 43, 6586-6590 (2004).

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Will We Stop at Nothing? R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 93, 18-21 (2004).

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Science and Crafts, R. Hoffmann, in The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, ed. Jean McLaughlin, New York: Lark Books, 58-64 (2004).

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Meissen Chymistry, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 92, 312-315 (2004); reprinted in The Science and Technology File, 10, Japan (2004).

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Comment on "Suet Pudding, Spotted Dick," R. Hoffmann, Epoch 52(3), 349 (2004).

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Science to a Samba Beat, R. Hoffmann, Nature 428, 21 (March 2004).

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The Story of O, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 92, 23-26 (2004).

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In Praise of Synthetic Beauty, R. Hoffmann, in Dialogos Disciplinares: As ciencias e as artes na viragem de milenio, ed. A. Pinheiro da Sousa and T. de A. Malafaia, Lisbon: IST Press (2003).


La sconfitta del flogisto, Carl Djerassi & Roald Hoffmann, Il Sole-24 Ore, 34 (Oct. 3, 2003).


Thoughts on Aesthetics and Visualization in Chemistry, R. Hoffmann, Hyle 9(1), 7-10 (2003).

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Silicon, R. Hoffmann, Chemical & Engineering News, 56 (Sept. 8, 2003).

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Comment on Writing "Why Buy That Theory?" R. Hoffmann, in The Best American Science Writing 2003, Oliver Sacks, ed., Harper Collins, New York, 222-227 (2003).

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Preface to Une Introduction a la Structure Orbitalaire des Complexes des Metaux de Transition by Yves Jean, Editions de l'Ecole Polytechnique, 3-4 (2003).

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Unsettling Knowledge: A Poetry/Science Trialogue, R. Hoffmann, in J. Monroe, A. Fulton & R. Hoffmann, Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 6(2), 154-180 (2003).

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Cats and Rats, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 91, 308-310 (2003).

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Why Buy That Theory? R. Hoffmann, American Scientist, 91, 9-11 (2003); Arts & Sciences Newsletter 24(2), 3-6 (2003); The Best American Science Writing 2003, Oliver Sacks, ed., Harper Collins, New York, 222-227 (2003); trans. into Portugese in Quemica: Boletim de Sociedade Portuguesa de Quemica, 89, April-June 2003, 63-65.

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An American Student of A. S. Davydov in 1960-61, R. Hoffmann; in Vospominania ob Aleksandere Sergeeviche Davydove, ed. V.M. Loktev, Institut Tereticheskoi Fisiki im. N.N. Bogolyubova, Kiev, 265-266 (2002).

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Infinite Ideas, R. Hoffmann & S. Coyaud, Nature 416 (2002).

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Carbides, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 90, 318-320 (2002).

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Avant-propos to special issue on La Chimie Nouvelle, La Jaune et La Rouge, Paris, pp. 8-10 (Feb, 2002).

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On Poetry and the Language of Science, R. Hoffmann, Daedalus, 137-140 (Spring 2002); reprinted in Poiema, Kolkata, India (2004).

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Mme. Lavoisier, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 90, 22-24 (2002); reprinted in The Nucleus 80(10) 35-38 (2002).

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Oxygen, R. Hoffmann & C. Djerassi, J. Chem. Ed., 78(3), 283 (2001).

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Foreword to Imaging a Career in Science: the Iconography of Antoine Laurent Lavoisier by Marco Beretta, Watson Publishing International, Canton, MA (2001).

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Hi O Silver, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 89, 311-314 (2001).

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Coping with Fritz Haber's Somber Literary Shadow, R. Hoffmann & P. Laszlo, Angew. Chem. 40(24), 4599-4604 (2001).

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Who Put Wisdom in the Hidden Parts? R. Hoffmann, The Bookpress, 11(3), 7 (April 2001).

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Why History of Chemistry? R. Hoffmann, foreword to Chemical Sciences in the 20th Century: Bridging Boundaries (Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2001); reprinted as "Clio's Art in the Laboratory" in Chemical Heritage, 20(3), 3-4 (2002).

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Not a Library, R. Hoffmann, Angew. Chem. 40(18), 3337-3340 (2001).

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Thermophiles in Kamchatka, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 89, 20-23 (2001).

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Preface to Patricia Linn, Crear y criar con ciencio, Montevideo: A Monteverde (2000).

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Challenge and Play, the C, H World, R. Hoffmann a review of Henning Hopf, Classics in Hydrocarbon Chemistry,  in Nachrichten aus der Chemie 48 (2000).

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Protean, R. Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 40(6), 1033-1036 (2001).

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Benjamin Lee Whorf: Once a Chemist..., R. Hoffmann and Pierre Laszlo, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 26(1), 15-19 (2001); in French in Alliage 47, 59-65 (2001).

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At First Sight, Roald Hoffmann, Crystal Growth and Design, 1(1), 3 (2000).

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How Symbolic and Iconic Languages Bridge the Two Worlds of the Chemist: A Case Study from Contemporary Bioorganic Chemistry, E.R. Grosholz and R. Hoffmann, in Nalini Bhushan and Stuart Rosenfeld, Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry, Oxford University Press (2000); also in French in Les Langages Scientifiques, ed. F. Letoublon, Editions ARASSH, Grenoble.

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The Language of Science, the Language of Poetry, R. Hoffmann, Future ñ The Aventis Magazine 2, 76-81 (2000).

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Writing (and Drawing) Chemistry, R. Hoffmann, Writing and Revising the Disciplines, ed. Jonathan Monroe, Cornell University Press, 29-53 (2002).

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Science and Poetry, R. Hoffmann, in Connecting Creations: Science-Technology-Literature-Arts, ed. M.A. Safir, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), Xunta de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, (2000); also in Spanish, "Ciencia y Poesa" and "Ingeniera de la Servilleta" in Conectando creaciones: Ciencia-Tecnologia-Literatura-Arte, Xunta de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2000).

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Science-in-Theater, R. Hoffmann & C. Djerassi, in Connecting Creations: Science-Technology-Literature-Arts, ed. M.A. Safir, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), Xunta de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2000).

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Narrative, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist, 88(4), 310-313 (2000).

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Chimica dell'imaginazione, R. Hoffmann, Il Sole-24 ore (in Italian) 110, 33 (April 23, 2000).

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How Nice to Be an Outsider, R. Hoffmann, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 26 (3 & 4) (1999), pp. 163-169.

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A Mission Statement for the Nobel Museum, R. Hoffmann, Nobelmuseet Newsletter 4 (1999).

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Ferrocene: Ironclad History or Rashomon Tale? P. Laszlo and R. Hoffmann, Angewandte Chemie 39(1), 123-124 (2000).

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Exquisite Control, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist 88, 14 (2000).

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Pulse, Pump and Probe, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist, 87, 308 (1999).

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The Essence of Nature in the Art of Charles Seliger, R. Hoffmann in Charles Seliger, the Nascent Image, Exhibition Catalogue, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York (1999).

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A Really Moving Story, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist, 87(1), 21-23 (1999).

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Serendipity, the Grace of Discovery, R. Hoffmann, Drug Innovation and Approval 1, 28-31 (Dec. 1998).

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The Say of Things, R. Hoffmann and P. Laszlo, Social Research, 65 (3), 653-693 (Fall 1998); excerpts translated into Italian by Sylvie Coyaud as "Per una Nova Chimica delle Idee," Il Sole 24 Ore, 29 Nov. 1998, p.32; (in German, translated by Christiana Goldmann) in Von Verstândnis der Natur, ed. Matthias Kross, Berlin: Akademie Verlag (2001).

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Dobereiner's Lighter, American Scientist, 86(4), 326-329 (1998).

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Movement of the People, Science, 280, 386-387 (Apr. 17, 1998).

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Kenichi Fukui, Nature, 391, 750 (Feb. 19, 1998).

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Favorites, R. Hoffmann in At the Johnson, 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1998).

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Crystal-Cloudy, Crystal-Clear, R. Hoffmann, American Scientist, 86(1), 15-18 (1998).

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Disbelief, Poetry, and Religion, R. Hoffmann, Rendezvous (Idaho State University Journal of Arts and Letters), 31(2), 5-18 (1997).

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Mind the Shade, R. Hoffmann, Chemical and Engineering News, 75, 3 (Nov. 10, 1997).

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Truth on the Outside, R. Hoffmann,  a review of "On the Surface of Things," by Felice Frankel and George M. Whitesides, Nature, 389, 348 (Sept.25, 1997).

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How Can One Speak to All? R. Hoffmann, Chemie Heute, 116-118 (1997).

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Thalidomide, at What Price? R. Hoffmann, New York Times, Sept. 25, 1997, p. A31. Reprinted, in modified form, in Italian (tr. Sylvie Coyaud), in Il Sole - 24 Ore, Nov. 23, 1997.

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Scienziati, uscite dal guscio (in Italian, tr. Sylvie Coyaud), Il Sole - 24 Ore, 28 (June 8, 1997).

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Fraudulent Molecules, American Scientist, 85(4), 314-317 (1997).

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"Book review" of The Responsible Conduct of Research by Dore Beach and others, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. Engl., 36, 170-171 (1997).

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A Natural-Born Fiber, American Scientist, 85, 21-22 (1997).

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Ethical Issues in Research, Future, The Hoechst Magazine, 66-69 (1996).

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Teach to Search, J. Chem. Educ., 73(9), A202-A209 (1996).

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Cs3Te22, The One We Now Know, American Scientist, 84, 327-329 (1996).

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Ockham's Razor and Chemistry, R. Hoffmann, V.I. Minkin, and B.K. Carpenter, Bul. Soc. Chim. France, 133, 117-130 (1996); Reprinted in Hyle, 3, 3-28 (1997).

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Just a Little Bit Unnatural, Art Journal, 55(1), 62-63 (1996).

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Research Strategy: Teach, American Scientist, 84, 20-22 (1996); J. College Science Teaching, 26(1), 49-51 (1996).

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Some Heretical Thoughts on What Our Students Are Telling Us, R. Hoffmann and B.P. Coppola, J. Coll. Sci. Teach., XXV, 390-394 (1996).

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Hwang-Sa, The Yellow Dust, (in Korean) Shisa Journal, 66-67 (June 22, 1995).


C2 in All Its Guises, American Scientist, 83, 309-311 (1995).

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Bound for Glory, in Scientific American: Triumph of Discovery: A Chronicle of Great Adventures in Science, Henry Holt and Co., New York, pp. 144-147 (1995).

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Glass: A Way to Store Radioactive Wastes (in Korean), Shisa Journal, 90-91 (April 13, 1995).


New Molecules That Look Like Trees or a Burst of Fireworks (in Korean), Shisa Journal (Feb. 23, 1995); (in Spanish), Alephzero 1, Sintesis, Puebla, Mexico, p. 5 (Sept. 4, 2003).


Letter to Former Graduate Students and Postdocs, Chemical Intelligencer, 1(1), 44-46 (1995).

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Classical Democracy and Scientific Expertise, American Scientist, 83, 23-25 (1995).

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Too Much of Something Good (in Korean), Shisa Journal, 96-97 (Dec. 15, 1994).


New Ways to Get Clothes Clean (in Korean), Shisa Journal, 76-77 (Nov. 3, 1994).


Preface for French and English editions of Elements de Chimie quantique â l'usage des chimistes, 2nd edition, by Jean-Louis Rivail, InterEditions, Paris, (1994).


Number One This Week, for the 500th Week in a Row (in Korean), Shisa Journal, 78-79 (August 25, 1994).


Just a Little Bit Unnatural (in Korean), Shisa Journal, 70-71 (June 30, 1994).


Geleitwort for Chemische Kabinettstucke by H.W. Roesky and K. Mockel (Weinheim: VCH, 1994), v-vii.


DNA as Clay, American Scientist, 82, 308-311 (1994).

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Fixing Nitrogen (in Korean), Shisa Journal, 74-76 (May 5, 1994).


A Molecule Is a Molecule (in Korean), Shisa Journal, 76-77 (March 10, 1994).


Pure/Impure, R. Hoffmann and S. Leibowitz, New England Review, 16(1), 41-64 (1994).

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Winning Gold, American Scientist, 82, 15-17 (1994).

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Reactions Speak Louder Than Words, book review of La Parole des Choses by Pierre Laszlo, Nature, 368, 361 (March 24, 1994).

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Quimica, Democrâcia i la Disputa de Barcelona (in Catalan, translated by Santiago Alvarez), Butll. Soc. Catalanes Fis. Quim. Mat. Tecnol. XIV(1), 13-21 (1993).


Art and Chemistry, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Annual Report, 9-11 (1992-3).

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The Four Elements, R. Hoffmann and V. Torrence, The Sciences, 28-31 (Nov./Dec. 1993). (This is essentially an excerpt from No. 40-43, or from Chemistry Imagined); translated into Greek by Maria-Eleni Spiridaki, Chemica Chronica, 57(1), 11-13 (1995).

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Transformation, preface to catalogue for the art exhibition "Creative Solutions to Ecological Issues," by Gail Gelburd, Council for Creative Projects and University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993, p. 5.

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Of What Use Enediynes? American Scientist, 81, 324-326 (1993).

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Unnatural Acts, Discover, 14(8), 21-24 (1993).

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Myth Busters, The Times (London) Higher Education Supplement, June 21, 1993, p. 17-20. Reprinted in Der Katalyt (Bern), 60, 21-31 (1993); Chemistry in Action, 44, 2-5 (1994).

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Book Review of Introduction to Cluster Chemistry, by D.M.P. Mingos and D.J. Wales, R. Hoffmann in J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans., 89, 2109 (1993).

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Book review of Reflections on Symmetry In Chemistry...And Elsewhere, by E. Heilbronner and J.D. Dunitz, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 32, 129-130 (1993).

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For the First Time, You Can See Atoms, American Scientist, 81, 11-12 (1993). Modified from essay in Chemistry Imagined.

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How Should Chemists Think? Scientific American, 268, 66-73 (February 1993). As "Die Chemie zwischen Natur und Ideal" (in German), Spektrum der Wissenschaft, 68-77 (April 1993). As "Les choix du chimiste" (in French), Pour la Science, 68-76 (April 1993).

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Some Reflections on Science in the Low-Income Economies, The World Bank, PHREE Background Paper Series, Document PHREE/92/71 (1992); Current Science, 65, 300-306 (1993); Estudos e Documentes, CETEM (Rio de Janeiro), 20 (1993); (translated into Spanish by Carlos Chimal), Boletin de la Academia de la Investigacian Cientifica, 10, 37-95 (Jan.-Feb. 1993).

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Fire (in German), Kultur & Technik, 3, 43 (1992); (in German, English, and French), Sandoz Bulletin, 30(106), 23-31. From Chemistry Imagined.


Water (in German), Kultur & Technik, 3, 41 (1992); (in German, English, and French), Sandoz Bulletin, 30(106), 23-31. From Chemistry Imagined.


Earth (in German), Kultur & Technik, 3, 39 (1992); (in German, English, and French), Sandoz Bulletin, 30(106), 23-31. From Chemistry Imagined.


Air (in German), Kultur & Technik, 3, 37 (1992); (in German, English, and French), Sandoz Bulletin, 30(106), 23-31. From Chemistry Imagined.


Do Mythic Heroes Pervert the Beauty of Scientific Research? ScienceWriters, 40(2), 3-4 (1992).

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Theory and Practice, American Scientist, 80, 310-311 (1992). From Chemistry Imagined.

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We Are Doomed to Innovating (in Russian), Vestnik Rossiiskoi Akademii Nauk, 4, 3-5 (1992); (translated into English) Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 62(5), 297-298 (1992).

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Book review of The Clock Runs Backwards by Carl Djerassi, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 17(1), 96 (1992).

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Art and Science, Money and Morals, American Scientist, 80, 10-11 (1992). Reprinted, under the title "Art, Science Offer Freedom but Entail Responsibility" in The Scientist, 6(19), 13 (1992).

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Tikkun, Cornell Alumni News, 94(5), 43 (Dec. 1991). From Chemistry Imagined.


The Top Ten, Cornell Alumni News, 94(5), 41 (Dec. 1991). From Chemistry Imagined.


Radium, Cornell Alumni News, 94(5), 37 (Dec. 1991). From Chemistry Imagined.


Preface for Chemistry of Superconductor Materials, ed. T.A. Vanderah, Noyes Publ., Park Ridge, 1992, pp. ix-x.

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Signs and Portents: No Parking in the Courtroom, S. Leibowitz and R. Hoffmann, Diacritics, 21(1), 2-23 (1991).

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Foreword to Creativity, Delayed Recognition, and Other Essays: Essays of an Information Scientist, by Eugene Garfield, volume 12, ISI Press, Philadelpha, 1991, pp. xi-xii. Reprinted in Current Contents, 50, 9-10 (Dec. 23-30, 1991).

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Faszination Chemie, 7000 Jahre Kulturgeschichte der Stoffe und Prozesse, by O. Krâtz, book review, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 30(8), 1046 (1991).

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Hot Brines in the Red Sea, American Scientist, 79, 298-299 (1991).

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Molecular Mimicry, Rachel and Leah, the Israeli Male, and the Inescapable Metaphor in Science, R. Hoffmann and S. Leibowitz, Michigan Quarterly Review, 30(3), 382-397 (1991).

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Soviet Emigre Talent: A Windfall for U.S. Employers, The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 1991, p. 10.

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Why Scientists (or Engineers) Shouldn't Run the World, Issues in Science and Technology, VII(2), 38-39 (1991); in modified form, under the title "Anti-Plato" in the Bulletin of the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology, 24(2) (1993).

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In Praise of Synthesis, Negative Capability, X(2 & 3), 162-175 (1990); in Russian, Khimia i Zhizn', 5, 61-66 (1990); American Scientist, 79, 11-14 (1991); in French in Alliage, 9, 65-75 (Fall 1991); in Portuguese, Quimica, 49, 28-31 (1993).

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Molecular Beauty, J. Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 48(3), 191-204 (1990). This is a composite version, with changes, of papers 8, 9, 11 and 12; Interdisciplinary Science Revs., 16, 301-312 (1991); (in Korean, in modified form) Hyundae Moonhak, 467, 261-271 (Nov. 1993).

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Natural/Unnatural, New England Review and Bread Loaf Quarterly, XII(4), 323 (1990); Reprinted in Interdisciplinary Science Revs., 16, 161-167 (1991). Reprinted in Science, Technology and Society (Lehigh Univ.), 79, 1 (1990). Reprinted in modified form in M. D. Joesten, D. O. Johnston, J. T. Netterville and J. L. Wood, The World of Chemistry, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1991, p. 23. Reprinted in New England Review, 15(1), 234-243 (1993) (Fifteenth Anniversary Anthology). Translated into Spanish by Angela Cacho Castillo, Revista Universitaria (Santiago, Chile), 45, 16-22 (1994). Translated into Polish by Dorota Bank-Hammermeister and Danuta Sobczynska, in Teoria-Technika-Eksperyment (Poznan: Wydawnictwo Naukowe IFUAM), 11-28 (1995). Reprinted in Spanish in Relaciones (Montevideo, Uruguay), 154, 11-13 (March 1997).

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Art in Science? Q (A Journal of Art), 62-65 (May 1990); Ometeca (in English and Spanish), I(2)-II(1), 83-102 (1989-90); Current Science, 60(6), 346-349 (1991).

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Chemistry, Democracy, and a Response to the Environment, Chemical and Engineering News, 68(17), 25-29 (April 23, 1990); in modified form, in Greek, in Chimika Chronika, 54(1), 4-8 (1992); in modified form, under the title "Rational Limits," in Boston College Magazine, 51(3), 30-35 (1992).

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Creation and Discovery, American Scientist, 78, 14 (1990); reprinted in Rev. Roum. Chim. 35, 305-308 (1990). Also in Chemistry Imagined.

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Blue As the Sea, Liber, 1(2) (December 1989). Liber appears in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish as a supplement to the Times Literary Supplement, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, L'Indice dei Libri del Mese, El Pais. Published in slightly different form in American Scientist, 78, 308 (1990).

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Representation in Chemistry, R. Hoffmann and P. Laszlo; in French under the title "La Representation en Chimie," Diogene, 147, 24 (1989); in English, ibid., p. 23. In slightly different form in German as "Darstellungen in der Chemie die Sprache der Chemiker," Angewandte Chemie, 103, 1-16 (1991); Angewandte Chemie. Int. Ed. Engl., 30, 1-16 (1991). Translated into Polish by Danuta Sobczyhska and Pawel Zeidler, in Nowy Eksperymentalizm, Teoretycyzm, Reprezentacja, (Poznan: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Institutu Filozofii UAM), 133-174 (1994).

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University Research and Teaching: An Enriching and Inseparable Combination, The Boston Sunday Globe, November 5, 1989. First published, in slightly different form, in CUE (Cornell Undergraduate Education) 2(2), 1-3 (1989) under the title "Research/Teaching: A Complex Dance". Reprinted in By George (George Washington University), 1(9), 8 (1990). Reprinted, abbreviated, in College Digest, XX, XXX. Reprinted in Zh. Vsesoyuz. Khim. Obschestva im. Mendeleyeva, 35, 356 (1990).

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Can You Build a Succa from an Elephant? C.-S. Leibowitz and R. Hoffmann, The Jerusalem Post Magazine, Oct. 13, 1989, p. 4; under the title "The Succa and the Elephant," The Jerusalem Post International Edition, Oct. 14, 1989, p. 11.

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Ignorance, Ignorantly Judged, New York Times, Sept. 14, 1989, p. A29.

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Molecular Beauty IV: Toward an Aesthetic Theory of Six-coordinate Carbon, American Scientist, 77, 330 (1989).

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Molecular Beauty III. As Rich As Need Be, American Scientist, 77, 177 (1989); in modified form in M. D. Joesten, D. O. Johnston, J. T. Netterville, and J. L. Wood, The World of Chemistry, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1991, p. 488. Also in Chemistry Imagined.

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Under the Surface of the Chemical Article, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 27, 1593-1602 (1988); also, in German, under the title of "Die chemische Veroffentlichung--Entwicklung oder Erstarrung im Rituellen?" Angew. Chem., 100, 1653-1663 (1988); and in German, under the title "Sprachritual und Naturwissenschaft", Universitas, 45 (528), 580 (1990); as "Por tras do artigo de Quimica," in Portuguese, translated by M.J. Calhorda, in Quimica, 50, 44-52 (1993).

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Molecular Beauty II. Frogs About to Be Kissed, American Scientist, 76, 604 (1988); in modified form in M. D. Joesten, D. O. Johnston, J. T. Netterville, and J. L. Wood, The World of Chemistry, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1991, p. 371.

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Molecular Beauty I, American Scientist, 76, 389 (1988); also (in Japanese) in Kagaku To Kogyo, 42, 102 (1989). In modified form, in M. D. Joesten, D. O. Johnston, J. T. Netterville, and J. L. Wood, The World of Chemistry, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1991, p. 142.

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How I Work As Poet and Scientist, The Scientist, March 21, 1988, p. 10; in modified form, under the title "Language Under Stress," in The New Theater Review, 11, 16 (1994).

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Nearly Circular Reasoning, American Scientist, 76, 182 (1988).

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Unstable, American Scientist, 75, 619 (1987).

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Plainly Speaking, American Scientist, 75, 418 (1987).

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Two Unfortunate Trends in Critical Thinking, ed. Anne B. Grinols, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1984, p. 37. Republished by Wadsworth Publishing Co., Blemont, 1988, p. 69.

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Commentary (comments on the article by Leo Marx "Are Science and Society Going in the Same Direction"), Science, Technology and Human Values, 8, 10 (1983).

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Six Poems, New Journal of Chemistry, 12(1), 4-7 (1988).

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"Mme. Lavoisierís NÈcessaire," R.. Hoffmann, in Attachments by A.C. Dannenberg, Aava Books, Helsinki (2006).