Holiday Book List

Forbes has these recommendations for gift (giving and receiving) for 2011 holidays What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite by David DiSalvo Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the … Continue reading

Herbert Hauptman Passes Away

Herbert Aaron Hauptman, the mathematician who won Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his outstanding contribution to X-ray Crystallography passed away. Hauptman was the first to apply rigours mathematical methods for crystal structure determination with X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The Hauptman-Karle method, popularly known as The Direct Method in XRD, took the guess work out of the X-ray analysis and speed up the structure determination of complex proteins, hormones, antibiotics, vitamins and geological minerals. Continue reading