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|"Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist." 1977.
Produced for NOVA by Robert Richter/WGBH-Boston.
Solving the Chemical Bond. (1:42)
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Linus Pauling: You know I'd begun to think about the theory of the chemical bond very seriously in 1926, '27, after quantum mechanics was
discovered. And in 1928 I published a paper, a preliminary paper and said that I would write more later on. I didn't write
anything more for three years because the problem turned out to be such a hard problem, the mathematical problem, that I couldn't
solve it and time went by. Finally in December 1930, one day I thought of a way to get around the mathematical difficulties,
a simplification which made it very easy to get results. And I was so excited and happy I think I stayed up all night making,
writing out, solving the equations which were so simple that I could solve them in a few minutes. Solve one equation and get
the answer and solve another equation about the structure of octahedral complexes such as the ferrocyanide ion in potassium
ferrocyanide or square-planar complexes such as in tetrachloroplatinate ion and various other problems. I just kept getting
more and more euphorious as time went by. And it didn't take me long to write a long paper about the nature of the chemical
bond, and that was a great experience.
ClipCreator: Linus Pauling
Clip ID: 1977v.66-solving
Full WorkCreator: Robert Richter, WGBH-Boston
Associated: Linus Pauling, Ava Helen Pauling, David Shoemaker, E. Bright Wilson, Jr., Frank Catchpool
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