|Libb Thims' 2007 Human Chemistry originated from a desire and curiosity to understand how human reproduction reaction is understood and explained via Gibbs energy and spontaneity criterion prediction methodology.|
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C → A + B
See main: Libb Thims (history)The first main thing that spurred the writing of the textbook was (a) the discovery, sometime in circa 2005, of 2001 online Q&A page 'Is Love a Purely Chemical Reaction' of the Physics Van Outreach Program of the physics/engineering department of the University if Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in which it was explained to a seven-year-old child that love is not a purely chemical reaction. The specific answer given was:
“No, I don’t think love is a purely chemical reaction. Love is more a question in the realm of philosophy than science. I think you could ask anyone who’s ever been in love, and they’d probably agree that there’s something more to it than simple chemistry.”
Dobbs, op. cit., also examined the role of the ‘mediator’ by which two substances are made ‘sociable’. We may recall here the importance of the mediator in Goethe’s Elective Affinities (Engl. Trans. Greenwood 1976). For what concerns chemistry, Goethe was not far from Newton. Footnote #5 (pgs. 64, 319), chapter II: The Identification of the Real, section 2: Motion and Change, Order Out of Chaos (1984) by Ilya Prigogine.