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Bond-stretch isomerism: a case study of a quiet controversy

Labinger, Jay A. (2002) Bond-stretch isomerism: a case study of a quiet controversy. Comptes Rendus Chimie, 5 (4). pp. 235-244. ISSN 1631-0748. doi:10.1016/S1631-0748(02)01380-2.

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The phenomenon of bond-stretch isomerism in transition metal coordination chemistry – two isomers of a complex differing only in one bond length – was first suggested in the early 1970s and remained controversial until the early 1990s, when it was generally agreed to be illusory. The course of this controversy is considered from two points of view, as a straightforward narrative in chemical history, and in the context of several concepts promulgated by studies of science from the outside.

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Additional Information:© 2002 Académie des sciences / Éditions scientifiques et médicales Elsevier SAS. Received 8 March 2002, Accepted 25 April 2002, Available online 27 June 2002. I am indebted to John Enemark, Vern Gibson, Barry Haymore, Roald Hoffmann, Ged Parkin, Karl Wieghardt, Mike Hall and Jeremy Burdett for extensive discussions and/or providing reminiscences and documents.
Subject Keywords:scientific controversy; isomerism; crystallography
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Official Citation:Jay A. Labinger, Bond-stretch isomerism: a case study of a quiet controversy, Comptes Rendus Chimie, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2002, Pages 235-244, ISSN 1631-0748, (
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