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J.J. Thomson and the discovery of the electron

Author: E A Davis; J J Thomson; I J Falconer
Publisher: London ; Bristol, PA : Taylor & Francis, ©1997.
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1997 saw the centenary of one of the most important moments in modern physics - the discovery of the electron. This volume maps the life and achievement of JJ Thomson, with particular focus on his  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: J J Thomson; J J Thomson; Joseph J Thomson; J J Thomson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E A Davis; J J Thomson; I J Falconer
ISBN: 0748406964 9780748406968 0748407200 9780748407200
OCLC Number: 37721878
Description: xxvii, 243 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1997 saw the centenary of one of the most important moments in modern physics - the discovery of the electron. This volume maps the life and achievement of J.J.Thomson, with particular focus on his ideas and experiments leading to the landmark discovery. A foreword by J.J.Thomson's grandson, David Thomson, provides valuable insights into Thomson's personality, while the reproduction of original papers allows the reader to appreciate Thomson's own style and way of thinking. The book describes his early years and education, then taking us through his career at Cambridge, first as a Fellow of Trinity College, later as head of the Cavendish Laboratory and finally as Master of Trinity and national spokesperson for science. * An accessible historical survey of the discovery of the electron * Published to coincide with the centenary of the discovery in 1997 * A carefully researched account of J.J.Thomson's life and experiments leading to the discovery * Foreword by Thomson's grandson * Contains previously unpublished photographs from the Cavendish Science Museum, from David Thomson's personal collection, and facsimilie extracts from original science papers
Responsibility: E.A. Davis and I.J. Falconer.

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