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Langmuir, the Man and the Scientist - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483199115, 9781483224145

Langmuir, the Man and the Scientist

1st Edition

With Contributions in Memoriam Including a Complete Bibliography of His Works

Editor: C. Guy Suits
eBook ISBN: 9781483224145
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1962
Page Count: 490
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The Collected Works of Irving Langmuir: Volume 12, Langmuir, the Man and the Scientist presents the biography of Irving Langmuir, General Electric's foremost research scientist, which also includes a chronological summary of his contributions to science. Irving Langmuir, born on January 31, 1881 in New York, attends Public School No. 11 when he is seven. When he reaches 15, he attends Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. His eye troubles become worse making him wear glasses; later in life, he has cataracts removed from both eyes. He graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from Columbia University in 1903. In 1906, Langmuir earns his Ph.D., degree from Gottingen. He accepts an instructor position in Chemistry at Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, until 1909 when joins the General Electric Company. In the next years, he receives numerous awards such as the Nichols Medal, Cannizaro Prize, Willar Gibbs Medal. In 1912, he marries Marion Mersereau. He receives the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1932. Among his contributions to science are an improved tungsten filament design used in incandescent bulbs, an atomic hydrogen welding torch, and theories of atomic structure and chemical bond formations. He dies of a heart attack in 1957 at the age of 76. Students, and academicians involved in history, general readers, and scientists interested in the lives of great men in science will find this book pleasant reading.

Table of Contents



Part 1. The Quintessence of Irving Langmuir

Introduction to Part 1

A Biography

Part 2. Irving Langmuir’s Philosophy Of Science

Introduction to Part 2

Future Developments of Theoretical Chemistry

Atomic Hydrogen as an Aid to Industrial Research

Address of Presentation of Priestley Medal Award

Modern Concepts in Physics and their Relation to Chemistry

Selecting the Chemist-Elect

Science as a Guide in Life

Mechanical Properties of Matter

Chemical Research

Fundamental Research and its Human Value

The Speed of the Deer Fly

Simple Experiments in Science

Science, Common Sense, and Decency

Unforeseeable Results of Research

Electronics of Tomorrow

Discussion on Science Legislation

Testimony on Atomic Energy Control

World Control of Atomic Energy

My Trip to Russia

Science and Incentives in Russia

Faraday Medalist: Response

Planning for Progress: Two Alternatives

Saul Dushman—A Human Catalyst

Freedom—The Opportunity to Profit from the Unexpected

Part 3. Contributions in Memoriam

Some of the Chemical Aspects of the Work of Langmuir

Some of the Physical Aspects of the Work of Langmuir

Appendix I

Appendix II


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