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Author Coffey, Patrick.

Title Cathedrals of science : the personalities and rivalries that made modern chemistry / Patrick Coffey
Published London ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 379 pages) : illustrations
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
Summary Prologue. 1. The Ionists- Arrhenius and Nernst. 2. Physical Chemistry in America- Lewis and Langmuir. 3. The Third Law and Nitrogen-Haber and Nernst. 4. Chemists at War-Haber, Nernst, Langmuir, and Lewis. 5. The Lewis-Langmuir Theoru-Lewis, Langmuir, and Harkins. 6. Science and the Nazis-Nernst and Haber. 7. Nobel prizes-Lweis and Langmuir. 8. Heavy Water, Acids and Bases, Plutonium-Lewis, Urey, and Seaborg. 9. The Secret of Life-Pauling, Wrinch, and Langmuir. 10. Pathological Science-Langmuir. 11. Lewis's Last Days. Epilogue. Endnotes. Sources, Acknowledgements, and Selected Bibliography
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-329) and index
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Subject Langmuir, Irving, 1881-1957.
Lewis, Gilbert Newton, 1875-1946.
Chemical weapons.
Chemistry -- History -- 20th century.
Chemists -- Psychology.
Discoveries in science.
Science -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 019971746X (electronic bk.)
9780199717460 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)