Book ID: CBB716345403

Making Ammonia: Fritz Haber, Walther Nernst, and the Nature of Scientific Discovery (2022)

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This Open Access book discusses the progress of science and the transfer of scientific knowledge to technological application. It also identifies the factors necessary to achieve this progress. Based on a case study of the physical chemist Fritz Haber's discovery of ammonia synthesis between 1903 and 1909, the book places Haber's work in historical and scientific (physicochemical) context. The scientific developments of the preceding century are framed in a way that emphasizes the confluence of knowledge needed for Haber's success. Against this background, Haber's work is presented in detail along with the indispensable contributions of his colleague, the physical chemist, Walter Nernst, and their assistants. The detailed accounts of scientific advancement remind us of the physical basis on which our scientific theories and ideas are built. Without this reminder we often forget how complex, and how beautiful achievements in science can be.

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Review Payal B. Joshi (2023) Review of "Making Ammonia: Fritz Haber, Walther Nernst, and the Nature of Scientific Discovery". Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (pp. 402-403). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Barkan, Diana L. Kormos
Lennartson, Anders
Wisniak, Jaime
Windelspecht, Michael
Walker, Mark
Suhling, Lothar
Journals
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Indian Journal of History of Science
History and Technology
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Teubner
Springer
Greenwood Press
Harvard University
Concepts
Physical chemistry
Discovery in science
Science and technology, relationships
Physics
Electrochemistry
Organic chemistry
People
Nernst, Walther Hermann
Haber, Fritz
Einstein, Albert
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Weyl, Hermann
Talbot, William Henry Fox
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
Places
Pacific Ocean
Germany
France
Europe
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