Book ID: CBB000102088

Histories of the Electron: The Birth of Microphysics (2001)


Buchwald, Jed Z. (Editor)
Warwick, Andrew (Editor)

MIT Press

Publication Date: 2001
Physical Details: xi + 514 pp., illus., bibl., index
Language: English

Description Contents: Jed Z. Buchwald; Andrew Warwick: Introduction; I. Corpuscles and Electrons; George E. Smith: J. J. Thomson and the Electron, 1897-1899; Isobel Falconer: Corpuscles to Electrons; Graeme Gooday: The Questionable Matter of Electricity: The Reception of J. J. Thomson's “Corpuscle” among Electrical Theorists and Technologists; Benoit Lelong: Paul Villad, J. J. Thomson, and the Composition of Cathode Rays; II. What Was the Newborn Electron Good for? Theodore Arabatzis: The Zeeman Effect and the Discovery of the Electron; Helge Kragh: The Electron, the Protyle, and the Unity of Matter; Ole Knudsen: O. W. Richardson and the Electron Theory of Matter, 1901-1916; Walter Kaiser: Electron Gas Theory of Metals: Free Electrons in Bulk Matter; III. Electrons Applied and Appropriated; Laurie M. Brown: The Electron and the Nucleus; Lillian Hoddeson, Michael Riordan: The Electron, the Hole, and the Transistor; Mary Jo Nye: Remodeling a Classic: The Electron in Organic Chemistry, 1900-1940; Kostas Gavroglu: The Physicists' Electron and Its Appropriation by the Chemists; Peter Achinstein: Philosophical Electrons Who Really Discovered the Electron? Margaret Morrison, History and Metaphysics: On the Reality of Spin; Jonathan Bain; John D. Norton: What Should Philosophers of Science Learn from the History of the Electron? Nicolas Rasmussen; Alan Chalmers: The Role of Theory in the Use of Instruments; or, How Much Do We Need to Know about Electrons to Do Science with an Electron Microscope?

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Authors & Contributors
Navarro, Jaume
Topper, David R.
Robotti, Nadia
Anstey, Peter R.
Chalmers, Alan Francis
Norris, Christopher
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
History of European Ideas
Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
MIT Press
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Philosophy of science
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Thomson, Joseph John
Boyle, Robert
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Hanson, Norwood Russel
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Abbe, Ernst
Time Periods
19th century
17th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
Great Britain
Madrid (Spain)
Cavendish Laboratory
Cambridge University
Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Madrid)
Cornell University

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