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

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Cathedrals of science : the personalities and rivalries that made modern chemistry
Title
Cathedrals of science
Title remainder
the personalities and rivalries that made modern chemistry
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Coffey
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 resentful, and his enmity with Walther Nernst may have cost him the Nobel Prize; Irving Langmuir, gregarious and charming, "rediscovered" Lewis's theory of the chemical bond and received much of the credit for it. Langmuir's personality smoothed his path to the Nobel Prize over Lewis. Coffey deals with moral and societal issues as well. These same scientists were the first to be seen by their countries as military assets. Fritz Haber, dubbed the "father of chemical warfare," pioneered the use of poison gas in World War I-vividly described-and Glenn Seaborg and Harold Urey were leaders in World War II's Manhattan Project; Urey and Linus Pauling worked for nuclear disarmament after the war. Science was not always fair, and many were excluded. The Nazis pushed Jewish scientists like Haber from their posts in the 1930s. Anti-Semitism was also a force in American chemistry, and few women were allowed in; Pauling, for example, used his influence to cut off the funding and block the publications of his rival, Dorothy Wrinch. Cathedrals of Science paints a colorful portrait of the building of modern chemistry from the late 19th to the mid-20th century."--Publisher's description
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DLC
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Coffey, Patrick
Dewey number
540
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q180.55.D57
LC item number
C64 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Langmuir, Irving
  • Lewis, Gilbert Newton
  • Whitman College
  • Langmuir, Irving
  • Lewis, Gilbert Newton
  • Langmuir, Irving
  • Lewis, Gilbert N
  • Langmuir, Irving
  • Lewis, Gilbert N
  • Discoveries in science
  • Chemical weapons
  • Chemists
  • Science
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical weapons
  • Chemistry
  • Chemists
  • Discoveries in science
  • Science
  • Chemie
  • Chemische wapens
  • Ontdekkingen
  • Ethische aspecten
  • Psychologische aspecten
  • Berufserfolg
  • Chemie
  • Chemiker
  • Chemische Waffe
  • Ehrgeiz
  • Militärische Forschung
  • Persönlichkeitsstruktur
  • Wissenschaftsentwicklung
  • Ehrgeiz
  • Berufserfolg
  • Chemie
  • Wissenschaftsentwicklung
  • Chemiker
  • Persönlichkeitsstruktur
  • Militärische Forschung
  • Chemische Waffe
  • Kemi
  • Kemister
  • Naturvetenskap
  • Nobelpristagare
  • Nobelpriset i kemi
Label
Cathedrals of science : the personalities and rivalries that made modern chemistry, Patrick Coffey
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip085/2007048304.html
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-329) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn182573623
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 379 pages
Isbn
9780195321340
Lccn
2007048304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o182573623
  • (OCoLC)182573623
Label
Cathedrals of science : the personalities and rivalries that made modern chemistry, Patrick Coffey
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip085/2007048304.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-329) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn182573623
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 379 pages
Isbn
9780195321340
Lccn
2007048304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o182573623
  • (OCoLC)182573623

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