Anthropic Awareness

Anthropic Awareness : The Human Aspects of Scientific Thinking in NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry

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Anthropic Awareness: The Human Aspects of Scientific Thinking in NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry blends psychology, philosophy, physics, mathematics, and chemistry, describing a human-centered philosophy of the essence of scientific thinking in the natural sciences and in everyday life.

It addresses the reasons why we are prone to make errors in our conclusions and how to avoid such mistakes, also exploring a number of the "mental traps" that can lead to both individual mistakes and mass misconceptions.

The book advocates that by understanding the nature of these mental traps we can adopt tactics to safely evade them. It includes Illustrative examples of common scientific misunderstandings and mental traps in both the theory and real-life application of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 198.12 x 241.3 x 33.02mm | 952.54g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0124199631
  • 9780124199637

Table of contents

Preface Part I. Anthropic Awareness (AA) 1. The philosophy of `Anthropic Awareness' in scientific thinking Part II. AA in why-science: examples from NMR theory 2. An `anthropically' flavored look at some basic aspects of NMR spin physics using a classical description 3. The ups and downs of NMR described by classical and quantum mechanics 4. The RF pulse and the Uncertainty Principle 5. On the nature of the RF driving field in NMR (with a look out on optical rotation) Part III. AA in what-science: small-molecule structure elucidation by NMR and MS 6. An `anthropic' modus operandi of structure elucidation by NMR and MS 7. NMR methodological overview 8. MS methodological overview 9. Computer assisted structure elucidation in NMR 10. Structure elucidation of a mysterious trace component of ulipristal actetate 11. The adventurous discovery of the structure of a novel vincristine impurity 12. An elusive degradation product of ziprasidone 13. The case of an emotion- and `emotycs'-laden structure determination of a small synthetic molecule with an unexpected structure 14. Self-induced recognition of enantiomers (SIRE) in NMR spectroscopy 15. Believe it or not: carbon protonation of the pyrimidine ring
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Review quote

"Reading this book made me even more aware of how much caution one needs to exercise to avoid confirming what one wants to excellent lesson for everyone in science, although admittedly people working in synthesis and/or structure elucidation will be the ones appreciating it the most." --Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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About Csaba Szantay

Csaba Szantay, Jr. was born in Budapest, Hungary, but partly attended elementary school in Bufffalo, NY, USA. He obtained an MSc degree in organic chemistry from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1982 with his final thesis involving the methodology and use of NMR spectroscopy. Subsequently, he became a PhD research fellow in Prof. Gabor Toth's NMR laboratory at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and obtained his PhD in 1986 in NMR. After that, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the NMR laboratory of the University of Leeds, UK. Having returned to Hungary in 1989, he became a member of the NMR team of the Spectroscopic Research Division of the Hungarian pharmaceutical company Gedeon Richter Plc. He was promoted as head of the Division in 1994 and has been in this position since then. He has also maintained a teaching position at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He received a "Candidatura" degree in 1991 and a "Doctor of Sciences" degree in 2000 from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for his work in NMR spectroscopy. In 2003, he was became a Private Professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Besides holding several positions in various scientific committees, he is on the Editorial Board of the journal Concepts in Magnetic Resonance and is currently the president of the Hungarian NMR Discussion Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Along with his managerial duties, his main fields of research interests are the structure elucidation of organic molecules and the theoretical aspects of NMR. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 papers published in international scientific journals.
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