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Helmholtz : a life in science

Author: David Cahan
Publisher: Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hermann von Helmholtz was a towering figure of nineteenth-century scientific and intellectual life. Best known for his achievements in physiology and physics, he also contributed to other disciplines such as ophthalmology, psychology, mathematics, chemical thermodynamics, and meteorology. With Helmholtz: A Life in Science, David Cahan has written a definitive biography, one that brings to light the dynamic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Hermann von Helmholtz; Hermann von Helmholtz; Hermann von Helmholtz
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Cahan
ISBN: 9780226481142 022648114X
OCLC Number: 1004267771
Description: viii, 937 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. The making of a scientist. The boy from Potsdam --
At the gymnasium : father and son --
Becoming a medical doctor --
Undiscovered --
Part II. Gaining scientific renown. Scientific networking --
In the private and the public eye --
The new dispensation --
Unhappy intermezzo in Bonn --
The turning point --
The new angel --
The relations of science --
The relations of music --
Popularizing science in Britain and Germany --
Learning to see the world --
Almost a professor of physics --
The road to Berlin --
Part III. Scientific grandee. In the capital of Geist --
The burdens of building physics --
Among the elite --
Kulturkampf in science, I --
Kulturkampf in science, II --
Anti-Helmholtz, again --
In the scientific capitals of Europe --
Institutional brilliance --
Celebrations --
Doyen --
Science, art, and standards business --
Charismatic leader --
Atlantic crossings --
Epilogue : Helmholtz in modern German memory.
Responsibility: David Cahan.

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Definitive biography covering the life, world, and work of pioneering nineteenth-century German polymath Hermann von Helmholtz.  Read more...

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