A to Z of Physicists (Notable Scientists) by Darryl J. Leiter

By Darryl J. Leiter

One other very important survey within the extraordinary Scientists sequence, A to Z of Physicists focuses not just at the lives and personalities of these profiled, but in addition on their examine and contributions to the sphere. a desirable and critical component of this quantity is the eye paid to the stumbling blocks that girls and minority physicists have conquer to arrive their own pursuits. via incidents, quotations, and pictures, the entries painting anything of the human face that is frequently misplaced in books on technological know-how and scientists. A to Z of Physicists positive aspects one hundred fifty entries and 50 black-and-white pictures. Culturally inclusive and spanning the full variety of physicists from precedent days to the current day, this is often an amazing source for college kids and normal readers drawn to the historical past of physics or the numerous features of the non-public lives of significant physicists.

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Europe, however, gave the younger Bernoulli the credit he was due, electing him to most of the leading scientific societies of his day. In 1750, Bernoulli at last became professor of physics at Basel, where he would remain for the next 26 years, giving a series of memorable physics lectures during which he performed actual experiments. In research that advanced the field of mathematical physics, he developed SIR ISAAC NEWTON’s theories and used them together with the more powerful calculus of Gottfried Leibnitz.

I know I shall do great things here . . I am burning with a desire to do physics. D. in theoretical physics in 1935. During this time the Cavendish was at the height of its golden age under the directorship of ERNEST RUTHERFORD. In the single year of 1932, SIR JAMES CHADWICK demonstrated the existence of the neutron; JOHN DOUGLAS COCKCROFT produced the artificial disintegration of light elements by bombarding them with high-speed protons; and LORD PATRICK MAYNARD STUART BLACKETT invented a counter-cloud chamber that would demonstrate the production of positron and electron pairs.

In the interpretation of these experiments, they were guided by PAUL ADRIEN MAURICE DIRAC’s quantum theory of the electron. In 1933, Blackett became a professor of physics at Birkbeck College, London, and in 1935, he moved to the University of Manchester. He continued his cosmic ray studies, attracting a distinguished group of researchers around him. This work was interrupted by World War II, when he joined the Instrument 32 Bloch, Felix Section of the Royal Aircraft Establishment. Early in 1940 he became scientific adviser to the Coastal Command and started the analytic study of the anti-U-boat war.

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