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Light is a Messenger : The Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg - Graeme K. Hunter

Light is a Messenger

The Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780198529217
Number Of Pages: 338

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Light is a Messenger, is the first biography of William Lawrence Bragg, who was only 25 when he won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics-the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. It describes how bragg discovered how to use X-rays to determine the arrangement of atoms in crystals and his pivotal role in developing this technique to the point that the structures of the most complex molecules known to man-the proteins and nucelic acids-could be solved. Although Bragg's Nobel Prize was for Physics, his research profoundly affected chemistry and the new field of molecular biology, of which he became a founding figure. This book explains how these revolutionary scientific events occurred while Bragg struggled to emerge from the shadow of his father, Sir William Bragg, and amidst a career-long rivalry with the brilliant American chemist, Linus Pauling.

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0: Introduction 1: A shy and reserved person: Adelaide, 1886-1908 2: Concatenation of fortunate circumstances: Cambridge, 1909-1914 3: Our show is going famously: World War One, 1914-1919 4: A system of simple and elegant architecture: Manchester, 1919-1930 5: Plus-plus chemistry: Manchester, 1931-1937 6: Supreme position in British physics: The National Physics Laboratory and Cambridge, 1937-1939 7: He will have to be Sir Lawrence: World War Two, 1939-1945 8: A message in code which we cannot yet decipher: Cambridge, 1945-53 9: The art of popular lecturing on scientific subjects: The Royal Institution, 1954-1966 10: A very difficult affair indeed: Retirement, 1966-1971 11: Epilogue

ISBN: 9780198529217
ISBN-10: 019852921X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.72

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