Langmuir, the Man and the Scientist

Langmuir, the Man and the Scientist

With Contributions in Memoriam Including a Complete Bibliography of His Works

1st Edition - January 1, 1962

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  • Editor: C. Guy Suits
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483224145

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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

  • Foreword


    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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  • No. of pages: 490
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1962
  • Published: January 1, 1962
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483224145

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