To Light Such A Candle

To Light Such A Candle

Chapters in the History of Science and Technology

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Canadian chemist and historian of science Laidler explains how science and technology differ and how advances in either can lead to advances in the other. As examples he explores James Watt and thermodynamics, photography, Michael Faraday and electric power, James Clerk Maxwell and radio transmission, J. J. Thomson and the electronic age, the Braggs and molecular architecture, and the quantum theory and relativity. He also discusses scientists and science and public attitudes about them since World War II. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Oxford University Press
In To light such a candle, renowned chemist and science historian Keith Laidler examines the progress of science and technology over the centuries, tracing the often separate paths of these pursuits, showing how they have ultimately worked together to transform everyday life. Faraday's pure research on electricity, for example, had immense technological implications, while Maxwell's theory of electromagnetic radiation led directly to the discovery of radio transmission, something of which Maxwell himself had no conception. Conversely, the early steam engines were by no means science-based, but they led directly to the science of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental branches of pure science. Illuminated by many fascinating stories from the history of science, this book provides a powerful argument for the relevance of pure research, and gives the general reader and scientist alike an idea of the nature and importance of the links between science and technology.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780585200972
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 384 p.) : ill


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