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The life and science of Harold C. Urey

Author: Matthew Shindell
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Synthesis (University of Chicago. Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Harold C. Urey (1893-1981) was one of the most famous American chemists of the twentieth century. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1934 for the discovery of deuterium and heavy water, he participated in the Manhattan Project and NASA's lunar exploration program, and along the way helped found the fields of isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry. He also tried to be a voice of moral authority during the Cold War,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Named Person: Harold Clayton Urey; Harold Clayton Urey; Harold Clayton Urey
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Shindell
ISBN: 9780226662084 022666208X
OCLC Number: 1089857869
Notes: The Making and Remaking of an American Chemist One From Farm Boy to Wartime Chemist Two From Industrial Chemistry to Copenhagen Three From Novice in Europe to Expert in America Four From Nobel Laureate to Manhattan Project Burnout Five A Separation Man No More Six A Return to Science Seven To Hell with the Moon! Epilogue A Life in Science
Description: 259 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the making and remaking of an American chemist --
From farm boy to wartime chemist --
From industrial chemistry to Copenhagen --
From novice in Europe to expert in America --
From Nobel Laureat to Manhattan Project burnout --
A separation man no more --
A return to science --
To hell with the moon! --
Epilogue: a life in science.
Series Title: Synthesis (University of Chicago. Press)
Responsibility: Matthew Shindell.

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"Harold C. Urey (1893-1981) was one of the most famous American chemists of the twentieth century. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1934 for the discovery of deuterium and heavy water, he participated in the Manhattan Project and NASA's lunar exploration program, and along the way helped found the fields of isotope geochemistry and cosmochemistry. He also tried to be a voice of moral authority during the Cold War, and to give Americans a reason to feel inspired to meet the challenges and anxieties of Cold War life. In this first biography, Matthew Shindell follows Urey as he moves through American science and culture in the twentieth century, drawing out the resources available to him and his generation of scientists. Shindell uses Urey's movement from farm boy to scientific celebrity to explore the changes in the American social and scientific landscape that made this trajectory possible"--

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"Harold Urey was simultaneously a towering figure in American science yet never quite fit into the categories imposed on him. Shindell vibrantly revives Urey's story of science, politics, religion, Read more...

 
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