Physical Chemistry from Ostwald to Pauling: The Making of a Science in America

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $32.45
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 51%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $32.45   
  • New (8) from $36.70   
  • Used (2) from $32.45   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 7 of 8
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$36.70
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(4506)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New Book. Shipped from UK within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Horcott Rd, Fairford, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$40.98
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(982)

Condition: New
0691026149

Ships from: Pennington, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.96
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(982)

Condition: New
0691026149

Ships from: Pennington, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$55.26
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(4506)

Condition: New
New Book. Shipped from UK within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Horcott Rd, Fairford, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$62.65
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(23495)

Condition: New
BRAND NEW

Ships from: Avenel, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$66.05
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(10473)

Condition: New
New Book. Shipped from US within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$80.45
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(18)

Condition: New
Brand New. Multiple Quantities Available. Tracking Provided where available. Quick Order Processing. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Ships from: Doraville, GA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing 1 – 7 of 8
Close
Sort by

Overview

John Servos explains the emergence of physical chemistry in America by presenting a series of lively portraits of such pivotal figures as Wilhelm Ostwald, A. A. Noyes, G. N. Lewis, and Linus Pauling, and of key institutions, including MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and Caltech. In the early twentieth century, physical chemistry was a new hybrid science, the molecular biology of its time. The names of its progenitors were familiar to everyone who was scientifically literate; studies of aqueous solutions and of chemical thermodynamics had transformed scientific knowledge of chemical affinity. By exploring the relationship of the discipline to industry and to other sciences, and by tracing the research of its leading American practitioners, Servos shows how physical chemistry was eclipsed by its own offspring—specialties like quantum chemistry.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Science
In his careful accounting of the emergence of a new discipline at the boundaries between chemistry and physics, and of the upheaval that it wrought throughout chemistry, Servos has made his own contribution to reform, and for that reason his book deserves wide attention.... [He] illustrate[s] the fact that science is, above all, a human enterprise, shaped by personalities, communities, and institutions, as well as ideas.
— Robert Friedel
History of Science
Servos has shed considerable light on a key issue, the formation of new scientific disciplines, by his penetrating analysis of the rise of physical chemistry in America.... I cannot recall any other recent book in this field that has managed to combine such high standards of verbal clarity, smoothness of narrative, and sheer elegance, with intellectual rigor and extensive archival research.
— Peter Morris
Science - Robert Friedel
In his careful accounting of the emergence of a new discipline at the boundaries between chemistry and physics, and of the upheaval that it wrought throughout chemistry, Servos has made his own contribution to reform, and for that reason his book deserves wide attention.... [He] illustrate[s] the fact that science is, above all, a human enterprise, shaped by personalities, communities, and institutions, as well as ideas.
History of Science - Peter Morris
Servos has shed considerable light on a key issue, the formation of new scientific disciplines, by his penetrating analysis of the rise of physical chemistry in America.... I cannot recall any other recent book in this field that has managed to combine such high standards of verbal clarity, smoothness of narrative, and sheer elegance, with intellectual rigor and extensive archival research.
From the Publisher
Co-Winner of the 1991 Pfizer Most Outstanding Book Award, History of Science Society

"In his careful accounting of the emergence of a new discipline at the boundaries between chemistry and physics, and of the upheaval that it wrought throughout chemistry, Servos has made his own contribution to reform, and for that reason his book deserves wide attention.... [He] illustrate[s] the fact that science is, above all, a human enterprise, shaped by personalities, communities, and institutions, as well as ideas."—Robert Friedel, Science

"Servos has shed considerable light on a key issue, the formation of new scientific disciplines, by his penetrating analysis of the rise of physical chemistry in America.... I cannot recall any other recent book in this field that has managed to combine such high standards of verbal clarity, smoothness of narrative, and sheer elegance, with intellectual rigor and extensive archival research."—Peter Morris, History of Science

Booknews
A contribution to the literature of "the intellectual history of science" which is redundant with no other, and attractive from several points of view; it treats the invention of physical chemistry and its transmutation into chemical physics, and it treats the forceful individuals particularly Arthur A. Noyes, G.N. Lewis and Wilder D. Bancroft who on these shores most influentially contributed to that development. The author history, Amherst College has done his scholarly homework, writes exceptionally well, and has cast usefully detailed light on science as the stuff that scientists who put their pants on one leg at a time do. NW Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691026145
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix
List of Tables xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xix
List of Note Abbreviations xxi
Chapter 1 Modern Chemistry Is in Need of Reform 3
Chemistry and the Cartography of Science 6
Chemistry in the Minor Key: Physicalist Traditions in Nineteenth-Century Chemistry 11
Ambitions and Ideas Convergent: Ostwald, van't Hoff, and Arrhenius 20
The New Chemistry of the Ionists 39
Chapter 2 Physical Chemistry from Europe to America 46
The Diffusion of Physical Chemistry 46
Ostwald and the Americans 53
Charting the Expansion of the Discipline 70
American Graduate Centers 74
Why Physical Chemistry Prospered in America 87
Chapter 3 King Arthur's Court: Arthur A. Noyes and the Research Laboratory of Physical Chemistry 100
Poverty and Promise: Boston Tech at Century's End 100
The Makings of a Physical Chemist: Arthur Amos Noyes at Newburyport and MIT 103
A Massachusetts Yankee Builds a Court 110
From Processes to Structures: The Anomaly of Strong Electrolytes and the Problem of the Chemical Bond 120
Chemical Thermodynamics: From Activities to a Table of Free Energies 138
The Research Laboratory of Physical Chemistry in Retrospect 150
Chapter 4 The Phase Ruler: Wilder D. Bancroft and His Agenda for Physical Chemistry 156
Wilder Bancroft: Gentleman Chemist 159
Bancroft at Cornell 163
Bancroft's Conception of Physical Chemistry 168
The Appeal of the Phase Rule 174
The Use and Abuse of the Phase Rule 183
Bancroft Redux 194
Chapter 5 Physical Chemistry in the "New World of Science" 202
The Integration of Science and the Industrial Order 204
The Integration of Physical Chemistry and Other Sciences 220
The Integration of Physical Chemistry into the University: Chemistry at California 238
Chapter 6 From Physical Chemistry to Chemical Physics 251
The Once and Future King: A. A. Noyes from MIT to CIT 253
Chemical Engineers, Physical Chemists, and the Struggle for MIT 254
Caltech: From Base Camp to Temple 263
Chemistry at Caltech 269
Linus Pauling: From Student to Teacher 275
Chapter 7 A Dissenter's Decline 299
From Phase Ruler to Colloid Chemist 300
Bancroft's Journal and American Physical Chemists 308
The End of Bancroft's Editorship and the Birth of the Journal of Chemical Physics 315
Bancroft and the Traditions of Physical Chemistry 321
Notes 325
Index 391
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)