Cathedrals of Science The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry
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Description: In Cathedrals of Science, Patrick Coffey combines clear explanations of technical issues with riveting personal portraits as he explores the work of some of the leading chemists of modern times. Coffey's tale is one of great minds and petty squabbles, of ego, greed, and ambition, of patriotic fervor and idealistic pacifism. He shows great scientists fighting over credit for discoveries, and taking revenge on those they found distasteful. Gilbert Lewis, for example, was reclusive, touchy, and disliked making public presentations; but his rival Irving Languir was gregarious, charming, and forged friendships with Neils Bohr and other key figures. As a result of these traits, Coffey argues, Langmuir received the Nobel Prize, but Lewis never did. In World War I, Fritz Haber pioneered the use of chlorine gas (whose lethality Coffey vividly describes) and was considered a war criminal for a time; yet the politics of the Nobel committee led to his receiving the 1918 prize. Here, too, are the personal dilemmas brought by the rise of Nazism and the development of nuclear weapons, as well as many instances of discrimination against women and minorities.
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/29/2008
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|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 Lewis|
|The Lewis-Langmuir Theory: Lewis, Langmuir, and Harkins|
|Science and the Nazis: Nernst and Haber|
|Nobel Prizes: Lewis and Langmuir|
|Nuclear Chemistry: Lewis, Urey, and Seaborg|
|The Secret of Life: Pauling, Wrinch, and Langmuir|
|Pathological Science: Langmuir|
|Lewis's Last Days|
|Sources and Acknowledgments|