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Benjamin Franklin was the first to report the phenomenon of oil's power to still troubled waters and to speculate on why it happened. A century later Lord Rayleigh performed an identical experiment. Irving Langmuir did it with minor variations in 191... weiterlesen
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Titel: Ben Franklin Stilled the Waves: An Informal History of Pouring Oil on Water with Reflections on the Ups and Downs of Scientific Life in General
Autor/en: Charles Tanford

ISBN: 0192804944
EAN: 9780192804945
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

April 2004 - kartoniert - 269 Seiten

Beschreibung

Benjamin Franklin was the first to report the phenomenon of oil's power to still troubled waters and to speculate on why it happened. A century later Lord Rayleigh performed an identical experiment. Irving Langmuir did it with minor variations in 1917, and won a Nobel Prize for it. Then Langmuir's work was followed by a Dutch pediatrician's in 1925. p Each experimenter saw a little more in the result than his predecessor had seen, and the sciences of physics, chemistry and biology have all been illuminated by the work. p Charles Tanford reflects on the evolving nature of science and of individual scientists. Recounting innovations in each trial, he follows the classic experiment from Franklin's drawing room to our present-day institutionalized scientific establishments and speculates on the ensuing changes in our approach to scientific inquiry.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Benjamin Franklin; 3. Friends and Influences; 4. The French Connection; 5. Pliny the Elder; 6. Eighteenth-Century Science; 7. Franklin's Experiment: The Observation; 8. How Small is a Molecule? The Calculation Franklin Did Not Make; 9. One Hundred Years Later: Science Comes of Age; 10. Lord Rayleigh; 11. Meticulous Miss Pockels; 12. Comrades in the Search: The Flavor of Late Nineteenth-Century Physics; 13. Ben Franklin Wonders Why (Molecular Interpretation); 14. In Praise of Water; 15. Irving Langmuir - Cells and Membranes; 16. Biology - Cells and Membranes; 17. Ernest Overton: Gentle Genius; 18. Gorter and Grendel: A Factor of Two; 19. Epilogue - The Biological Frontier; Bibliography; Index

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Charles Tanford is Emeritus Professor at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and lives in Easingwold, UK.
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