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  • Title: Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry
  • Author: Patrick Coffey
  • ISBN: 9780195321340
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry By Patrick Coffey 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 LewiIn 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.
    Patrick Coffey
    Coffey is a chemist by training, and he founded several companies that produced scientific instrumentation or software He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry By Patrick Coffey

    Commentaires:

    Joan
    This book took forever to read I m not too sure why It was interesting and honest biography The author is very clear when he is speculating and explaining why he felt the speculations made sense The two main people the book focused on were Gilbert Lewis and Irving Langmuir Of course many others received sizable mention in the book It was interesting to read about the politics behind the Nobel science awards in Chemistry Probably popularity in the field, at least at the time the book covered, ear [...]

    Piyush Dravid
    As they say, politics spares none but could the politics also contaminates the science Cathedrals of Science may provide some insights This book by Patrick Coffey told a dramatic story of the development of principally physical chemistry It revolves around the personalities who contributed significantly towards the unification of the Physics and the Chemistry The author gave an excellent narrative about the personalities Including G.N.Lewis, Irving Langmuir, Nerst, Haber and many prominent scie [...]

    Stuart Woolf
    3.5 starsThis book is the second book I have read in the last month or so whose content substantially diverged from my expectations It s not a bad book rather, I would say it is a good book whose content simply didn t interest me all that much.In short, I was expecting this book to be a behinds the scenes look at the historical development of chemistry with appropriate attention given to the biographies of key players and, to be fair, there was some of that But the focus of this book is rivalry, [...]

    Sheila
    A lot of the science in this book was over my head, but scientists are people, good people, arrogant people, just like the rest of us, and that s what I enjoyed about the book The author did a good job bringing these chemists to life, and I did understand enough science to get a feeling for what they were doing My copy has only 323 pages, not the 400 as stated, and the book is physically beautiful Easy reading text, quality paper A good book over all.

    Kristen
    A really good read for anyone in chemistry who feels completely misunderstood.Many of the famous laws and equations that we learn in courses are named for individuals who barely passed their courses and were practically kicked out of programs only to go on and receive Nobel prizes for their later work.Others still were never quite acknowledged, even though they went on to become successful department heads.Also describes the contribution of chemistry to the world wars.

    Lauren Little
    This book was pretty dry, but it was interesting to learn about some of the people that were famous from UC Berkeley s chemistry department and who they named buildings after, too I ve read better books that try to show scientists and their discoveries in an impartial light, but I did learn details about famous scientists.

    Theresa
    I didn t understand and didn t expect to understand any of the technical writing, but that doesn t make up the bulk of the book I thought the biographies and anecdotes were all interesting And I liked that he included an Animal House style epilogue.I also discovered, thanks to this book, that Irving Langmuir was ultra handsome.

    Christopher Cairo
    An excellent cross section of scientific research Really gives a sense of the lives of some major players in physical chemistry as the field was undergoing a revolution Must read for practicing chemists.

    Katie Nolan
    Okay, I confess, I skimmed a LOT of this because there s some dense science for me and I m reading it for work, but it s very well written and a fascinating exploration of these scientists lives.

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