Advance Praise for Solving Chemistry
I loved it. The autobiographical tone throughout makes it much more readable than a dry account of the state of chemistry, and of course for me that rang so many bells. You set out so clearly the actual way that science develops by placing it in this personal context.
-Professor Sir David King – former UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Cambridge
An interesting read. I know what you mean by the completion of Chemistry and I suspect that the same thing could be said of many ‘traditional’ disciplines. I found the second part of the book really interesting because I was familiar with other elements of the same story and the same problems, particularly when it is a matter of the interaction of science/technology with business/academia.
-Lord Oxburgh – Former Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge, past Rector of Imperial College
A real page turner! Love the story. There are so many very good lessons for youngsters (and oldsters!) that can be taken from your experiences. I applaud you for presenting your story so well.
-Professor Harry B Gray, A O Beckman Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Solving Chemistry is an enthralling account of the interplay between applied and basic chemistry over fifty years. Advances in instruments and measurement enabled dramatic leaps in understanding molecules and reactions. Dr. Bernard Bulkin’s intuition led him to the forefront of his field to focus on the most difficult challenges in basic research, in academic leadership, and in industry’s development and use of knowledge. This is an inspiring story and invaluable guide to building a career in science aimed at embracing new directions and opportunities and possibly changing the world.
-Professor James Utterback, David McGrath Professor of Management and Innovation, MIT
Too few memoirs from scientists even try to blend personal experience with history of science. Bulkin combines both ingredients artfully. The personal is communicated with disarming honesty and charm; I often found myself smiling from ear to ear. The historical account is deeply original and provocative.
Among its readers will be students of all ages seeking guidance about their careers, because it carries the message that the life of the scientist can be exceptionally fulfilling, can take many turns, and is always a work in progress.
-Professor Robert Socolow, Princeton University