Walther Nernst and the Transition to Modern Physical Science

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One of Germany's most important, productive and often controversial scientists, Walther H. Nernst (1864-1941) was at once the first "modern" physical chemist, an able scientific organizer and a savvy entrepreneur. The winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Nernst was a key figure in the transition to modern physical science with his contributions to the study of solutions, of chemical equilibria, and of the behavior of matter at the extremes of the temperature range. This volume provides a scientific biography of the man who was a director of major research institutes, the rector of the Berlin University, and the inventor of a new electric lamp. It also addresses the work of many prominent scientists, such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Wilhelm Ostwald and Svante Arrhenius. A wealth of new archival material and recent scholarship reveals how Nernst's career exemplified the increasing connection between the German technical industry and academic science, between theory and experiment, between concepts and practice, providing a rich portrait of the history of science in the period preceding the Second World War. This book also details a set of specific scientific problems that evolved at the intersection of physics, chemistry and technology during one of the most revolutionary periods of modern physical science.

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Walther Nernst: A Physicist as Chemist is both a scientific biography of one of Germany's most important scientists active in the years 1890 to 1933 as well as a contribution to the history of physics and chemistry. Taking into account recent scholarship and a wealth of new archival material, this book provides a highly detailed, yet accessible examination of the scientific problems that evolved at the intersection of physics, chemistry and technology during one of the most revolutionary periods of modern physical science. Professor Barkan also addresses the work of many prominent scientists, such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Wilhelm Ostwald and Svante Arrhenius.

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"Barkan's picture of Nernst and his science includes many new and interesting interpretations, solidly documented and based on meticulous archival studies." Physics Today

"...Barkan's book provides an exceptionally convincing account of an era that is probably of greatest interest to physical chemists. We recommend this book...." Nature

"...a readable, informative book offering a window into the technical, political, and social aspects of the scientific research of that fascinating era." American Journal of Physics

"...quite informative and thoughtfully constructed book that should be relevant to anyone interested in the history of modern phyical science, and particularly its relations to technological developments." Technology and Culture

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