Van der Waals and Molecular Science

Van der Waals and Molecular Science

by Yavelov Rowlinson Kipnis, J. S. Rowlinson, A. Ya Kipnis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198552106

ISBN-13: 9780198552109

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The development of molecular physics and physical chemistry cannot be understood without a knowledge of the work of Dutch physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals. His doctoral thesis of 1873 was the first theory of liquids and gases in which the essential differences and similarities of these two phases were interpreted in terms of the properties of the

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The development of molecular physics and physical chemistry cannot be understood without a knowledge of the work of Dutch physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals. His doctoral thesis of 1873 was the first theory of liquids and gases in which the essential differences and similarities of these two phases were interpreted in terms of the properties of the constituent molecules. This view contradicted the work of Mach, Ostwald, Duhem and other "energeticists" and provides the foundation for our current understanding of fluids. In the years since the end of World War II, there has been a re-appraisal of van der Waals's work, which has established his historic place as one of the founders of molecular science. This is the only biography of Johannes van der Waals and should be read by anyone with an interest in the history of physics and chemistry, and its most important innovator.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198552109
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Leiden
2. The HBS teacher
3. 'An exceedingly ingenious thesis'
4. The University of Amsterdam
5. At the Royal Academy of Sciences
6. Scientific work in the 1880s
7. An assessment
8. The teacher and his school
9. Van der Waals and Russian science
10. In retirement
11. Molecular physics
12. Physical chemistry
13. Conclusion Bibliography Name Index Subject Index

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