Market: General physics community, especially those in condensed matter and crystallography, as well as historians of science. This revealing autobiography by a prominent physicist and distinguished member of the physics community spans the past 60 years. From the people he knew to the events he witnessed, Frederick Seitz's engrossing book covers key developments in physics since the 1930s and includes many anecdotes and never before published photographs.
Seitz, a researcher in solid state physics known for his contribution to silicon electronics, recalls the beginnings of his fascination with scientific inquiry, his studies at Stanford, Princeton, and the California Institute of Technology, and his career highlights at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the Defense Department, and NATO, culminating in his presidency of the National Academy of Sciences. He offers an insider's look at the crucial developments, issues, personalities, and institutions of modern physics over almost a century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Contents: 1. Early Years. 2. Elementary School. 3. High School. 4. Undergraduate college. 5. Princeton Years. 6. University of Rochester. 7. General Electric Laboratory. 8. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh World War II. 9. Applied research 1939-1945. 10. Post-war Carnegie Institute of Technology. 11. The University of Illinois, 1949-1965. 12. The NATO Science Office, 1959-1960. 13. The National Academy of Sciences, 1962 -1969. 14. The Rockefeller University, 1968-1978. 15. 1978 and Beyond. 16. Reflections.