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Polanyi’s Physical Adsorption: One of the Early Theories of Quantum Chemistry (2016)


Michael Polanyi is known as a philosopher who presented such ideas as tacit-knowledge or personal knowledge, generally speaking. But before changing his profession to philosophy, he had been an extremely active physical chemist, who dealt with diverse fields such as adsorption theory, chemical kinetics, X-ray diffraction, dislocation theory and so on. We find that he is even more extreme when we look at his key students and colleagues. Needless to say, John Polanyi is Michael’s son. Eugene Wigner was his doctor student. Herman Mark, Karl Weissenberg, Egon Orowan, Henry Eyring, M. G. Evans, and Melvin Calvin were members of his research team, or colleagues. It could be said that it was Polanyi who raised the next generation of leaders in modern physical chemistry from the 1930’s.

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Authors & Contributors
Nye, Mary Jo
Gavroglu, Kostas
Simões, Ana I.
Schweber, Silvan Sam
Kovner, M. A.
Karachalios, Andreas
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Fachgruppe Geschichte der Chemie
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Oxford University Press
Istituto Gramsci siciliano
Berzsenyi College
W. W. Norton & Co.
University of Chicago Press
Physical chemistry
Quantum chemistry
Philosophy of science
Philosophers of science, modern
Polanyi, Michael
Slater, John Clarke
Hellmann, Hans
Strassmann, Fritz
Bonino, Giovanni Battista
Schrödinger, Erwin
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
Great Britain
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Zürich)

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