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Chaos and Beauty in a Beaker: The Early History of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction (2016)


Discovered in 1950 by Belousov in the Soviet Union and further investigated by Zhabotinsky and his research group in the 1960s, the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction soon came to the wider attention of scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain and made an important contribution to consolidating Prigogine's theory of nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Allowing scientists to study chaotic behavior in the laboratory, it also paved the way for further investigations of self-organizing systems in biology and played an important part in the formation of the field of nonlinear science. Focusing on the period between 1950 and 1975, this paper explores the early history of this enigmatic reaction.

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Authors & Contributors
Roll-Hansen, Nils
Konashev, Mikhail B.
Pechenkin, Alexander A.
Homburg, Ernst
Schweizer, Pia-Johanna
Schweizer, Stefan
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Journal of Biosciences
Humanity Books
World Scientific
Science and politics
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Belousov, Boris Pavlovich
Michurin, Ivan Vladimirovich
Stalin, Joseph
Maturana, Umberto
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
19th century
Soviet Union
Great Britain
Cracow (Poland)

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