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Cathedrals of science : the personalities and rivalries that made modern chemistry

Author: Patrick Coffey
Publisher: London ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Cathedrals of Science, Patrick Coffey describes how chemistry got its modern footing-how thirteen brilliant men and one woman struggled with the laws of the universe and with each other. They wanted to discover how the world worked, but they also wanted credit for making those discoveries, and their personalities often affected how that credit was assigned. Gilbert Lewis, for example, could be reclusive and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Irving Langmuir; Gilbert Newton Lewis; Irving Langmuir; Gilbert Newton Lewis; Irving Langmuir; Gilbert Newton Lewis; Irving Langmuir; Gilbert N Lewis
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Coffey
ISBN: 9780195321340 0195321340
OCLC Number: 182573623
Description: xix, 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The ionists: Arrhenius and Nernst --
Physical chemistry in America: Lewis and Langmuir --
The third law and nitrogen: Haber and Nernst --
Chemists at war: Haber, Nernst, Langmuir, and Harkins --
Science and the Nazis: Nernst and Haber --
Nobel prizes: Lewis and Langmuir --
Nuclear chemistry: Lewis, Urey, and Seaborg --
Secret of life: Pauling, Wrinch, and Langmuir --
Pathological science: Langmuir --
Lewis's last days.
Responsibility: Patrick Coffey.
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