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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.
Part 1. The Quintessence of Irving Langmuir
Introduction to Part 1
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
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
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- © Pergamon 1962
- 1st January 1962
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