Pauling, Linus | The Architecture of Molecules

  • First edition, first printing of this classic of science illustration.

    Linus Pauling was one of the 20th century's most versatile scientists, making important contributions to chemistry, physics, biology, & physiology. He had a special interest in molecular structures, and his 1954 Nobel Prize in chemistry cited his "research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances" (Nobel prize biography).

    The similarly versatile scientific illustrator Roger Hayward first worked with Pauling in 1946, when he illustrated Pauling's General Chemistry, the first of four books on which the two collaborated. But it was this volume, conceived as an introduction to molecular structure for older children, which was the most successful. It comprises 57 beautiful full-page colour illustrations, from the simple two-atom hydrogen molecule to complex structures such as polypeptide chains and hemoglobin, alongside Pauling's clear and concise explanations of chemical bonding and how a molecule's structure affects its function. A very attractive copy.

  • San Francisco & London: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1964.

    Quarto. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and upper board in orange and black, colour pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Colour illustrations throughout. Corners very slightly bumped. An excellent copy in the very lightly rubbed jacket with a couple of small nicks and fading of the spine panel.