Book ID: CBB001500387

Early Days of X-Ray Crystallography (2013)


André, Authier (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: xiv + 441 pp.; ill.
Language: English

Celebrates the centenary of the discovery of X-ray diffraction, and coincides with the award of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studies with X-ray crystallography Reviews the early development of crystallography, the discovery of X-ray diffraction, and the first applications of X-ray crystallography in chemistry, material science, physics, mineralogy, and biology Enlivened with many anecdotes and over 50 inserts with biographical notes and portraits of the most important crystallographers of the period Numerous quotes from the writings of the main actors of the story tell how their discoveries were made and convey the spirit of their time 2012 marked the centenary of one of the most significant discoveries of the early twentieth century, the discovery of X-ray diffraction (March 1912, by Laue, Friedrich, and Knipping) and of Bragg's law (November 1912). The discovery of X-ray diffraction confirmed the wave nature of X-rays and the space-lattice hypothesis. It had two major consequences: the analysis of the structure of atoms, and the determination of the atomic structure of materials. The momentous impact of the discovery in the fields of chemistry, physics, mineralogy, material science, biochemistry and biotechnology has been recognized by the General Assembly of the United Nations by establishing 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography.--Pub web

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Authors & Contributors
Lemmerich, Jost
Kragh, Helge S.
Jenkin, John G.
Speakman, J. C.
Scheffler, Robin Wolfe
Ronveaux, André
Physics in Perspective
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Journal of Chemical Education
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Luigi Pellegrini Editore
Oxford University Press
Natur & Text
Berlin Liebenwalde ERS-Verl.
Atomic structure
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Quantum mechanics
Laue, Max von
Bragg, William Lawrence
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Rutherford, Ernest, 1st Baron
Fermi, Enrico
Einstein, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
Great Britain
Copenhagen (Denmark)
United States
University of Manchester
Cambridge University

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