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For science, king & country : the life and legacy of Henry Moseley

Author: Roy M MacLeod; Russell G Egdell; Elizabeth Bruton
Publisher: London : Uniform Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Killed in action at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915, aged just twenty-seven, Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley was widely regarded as the most promising British physicist of his generation. His pioneering measurements of X-ray spectra provided a firm basis for the concept of atomic number and re-cast the periodic table of the elements into its modern form. Had he survived, he seemed destined to win a Nobel  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: H G J Moseley; H G J Moseley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy M MacLeod; Russell G Egdell; Elizabeth Bruton
ISBN: 9781910500712 1910500712
OCLC Number: 1059252898
Description: ix, 316 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Roy MacLeod and Russell G. Egdell --
Part One. Life. Henry Moseley at Eton and Oxford / Clare Hopkins --
Moseley in Manchester / Neil Todd --
Reading between the lines : deconstructing Moseley's diagram / Kristen M. Frederick-Frost --
Antonius van den Broek, Moseley and the concept of atomic number / Eric Scerri --
Sacrifice of a genius : Moseley the signals officer and signalling in Gallipoli / Elizabeth Bruton --
Part Two. Legacy. Moseley and the politics of Nobel excellence / Robert Marc Friedman --
Moseley and the Matteucci Medal / Russell G. Egdell, Francesco Offi, Giancarlo Panaccione --
X-ray spectroscopy and the discovery of new elements / Russell G. Egdell --
X-ray spectroscopy 100 years on / Russell G. Egdell --
Accounts of Moseley and versions of his laws / John L. Heilbron --
Artefacts and archives : presenting Moseley in a museum context / Elizabeth Bruton, Silke Ackermann, Stephen Johnston.
Other Titles: For science, king and country
Responsibility: edited by Roy MacLeod, Russell G Egdell, and Elizabeth Bruton.

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"Killed in action at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915, aged just twenty-seven, Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley was widely regarded as the most promising British physicist of his generation. His pioneering measurements of X-ray spectra provided a firm basis for the concept of atomic number and re-cast the periodic table of the elements into its modern form. Had he survived, he seemed destined to win a Nobel Prize. This book is a commemoration of Moseley's life, work, and legacy. Inspired by the exhibition 'Dear Harry ... Henry Moseley: A Scientist Lost to War', at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, in 2015-2016, and revisiting earlier accounts, thirteen historians and scientists chart his experience of Manchester and Oxford; his military service; the reception of his work by the scientific community; and the impact of his work upon X-ray spectroscopy in physics, chemistry, and materials science. For Science, King & Country speaks to those with an interest in history, science, and the First World War, and draws upon a wealth of archives, artefacts, and recent research on the reward systems of science. Overall, it presents a comprehensive account of a young scientist whose brief but mercurial career paved the way to a new understanding of nature, and to shaping the future of physical science."--Page 4 of cover.

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