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The Philosophical Breakfast membership recounts the lifestyles and paintings of 4 males who met as scholars at Cambridge collage: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell, and Richard Jones.  spotting that they shared a love of technology (as good nearly as good foods and drinks) they started to meet on Sunday mornings to discuss the country of technology in Britain and the realm at large.  encouraged via the nice seventeenth century medical reformer and political determine Francis Bacon—another former pupil of Cambridge—the Philosophical Breakfast membership plotted to lead to a brand new medical revolution.   And to a extraordinary volume, they succeeded, even in methods they by no means intended.
 Historian of technology and thinker Laura J. Snyder exposes the political passions, spiritual impulses, friendships, rivalries, and love of knowledge—and power—that drove those striking men.  Whewell (who not just invented the note “scientist,” but in addition based the fields of crystallography, mathematical economics, and the technology of tides), Babbage (a mathematical genius who invented the fashionable computer), Herschel (who mapped the skies of the Southern Hemisphere and contributed to the discovery of photography), and Jones (a curate who formed the technological know-how of economics) have been on the leading edge of the modernization of technological know-how.
This soaking up narrative of individuals, technology and ideas  chronicles the highbrow revolution inaugurated via those males, one who keeps to mildew our figuring out of the area round us and of our position inside of it.  Drawing upon the voluminous correspondence among the 4 males over the fifty years in their paintings, Laura J. Snyder exhibits how friendship labored to spur the boys directly to better accomplishments, and the way it enabled them to remodel technological know-how and support create the trendy international.

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A silver I salt of TPP containing two silver atoms has been described; it produces an electronic spectrum like that of the porphyrin dianions [Rothemund (153)]. Ag~I phthalocyanine is photolabile [Lever (122)]. Ag II. This is the usual oxidation state of silver in the porphyrin cavity and is obtained from silverI salts and the free porphyrin bases. 03) [Kneubi~hl (114)]. AgIII. The chemical oxidation of AgII OEP leads to Ag III OEP salts, which are stable, diamagnetic and produce a normal electronic spectrum [522 (25,200) 516 (9,800) 404 (131,000)] [Kadish (109)].

Addition of olefins to a solution of CoII Meso results in an immediate shift of the CoII 393-nm Soret band to the CoIII 411-nm absorption. -H. Fuhrhop Various hydrocarbons have been used in this reaction, but no product analysis has been performed on any of them [Tsutsui (180), (182)]. These experimental results indicate effcient activation of molecular oxygen, and the intermediacy of superoxide and/or peroxo complexes of the cobalt porphyrins is probable. ColITpP reacts with tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) to a 1:1 complex, where nitrogens of the nitrile groups interact with the cobalt (Eqn.

48 G) but not through the nitrogens [Felton (59)]. The relatively large linewidth can be explained by the degeneracy of the outer orbitals which yields some orbital moment contributions (see III), but surprisingly the chlorin esr spectra yield similar broad lines [Fuhrhop (70a)]. This phenomenon has still to be evaluated. At low temperatures (--70 °C) a dimer with an absorption band at 950 nm has been observed which did not produce an esr spectrum [Felton (59)]. 27 V) [Diehn (47), Fuhrhop (78).

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