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Ben Franklin Stilled the Waves
Ben Franklin Stilled the Waves
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About the Book

Benjamin Franklin was the first to report the phenomenon of oil's power to still troubled waters and to speculate on why it happened. A century later Lord Rayleigh performed an identical experiment. Irving Langmuir did it with minor variations in 1917, and won a Nobel Prize for it. Then Langmuir's work was followed by a Dutch pediatrician's in 1925. p Each experimenter saw a little more in the result than his predecessor had seen, and the sciences of physics, chemistry and biology have all been illuminated by the work. p Charles Tanford reflects on the evolving nature of science and of individual scientists. Recounting innovations in each trial, he follows the classic experiment from Franklin's drawing room to our present-day institutionalized scientific establishments and speculates on the ensuing changes in our approach to scientific inquiry.

About the Author:
Charles Tanford is Emeritus Professor at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and lives in Easingwold, UK.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780192804945
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publisher Imprint: Oup Oxford
  • Depth: 13
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 15 mm
  • Weight: 200 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0192804944
  • Publisher Date: 22 Apr 2004
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 199 mm
  • No of Pages: 269
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: An Informal History of Pouring Oil on Water With Reflections on the Ups and Downs of Scientific Life in General
  • Width: 127 mm


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