William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: The Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science

William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: The Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science

by John Jenkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199235201

ISBN-13: 9780199235209

Pub. Date: 01/06/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In 1912 Lawrence Bragg explained the interaction of X-rays with crystals, and he and his father, William thereby pioneered X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. They then led the latter field internationally for fifty years, when most areas of science were transformed by the knowledge they created: physics, chemistry, geology, materials science,

Overview

In 1912 Lawrence Bragg explained the interaction of X-rays with crystals, and he and his father, William thereby pioneered X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. They then led the latter field internationally for fifty years, when most areas of science were transformed by the knowledge they created: physics, chemistry, geology, materials science, electronics, and most recently biology and medical science. This book charts how this humble pair (William English, his son Australian) rose from obscurity to international prominence and then back to current, undeserved obscurity. Attention is also given to the crucial roles of both father and son during the dreadful years of the First World War, and to William's early and unshakeable belief in the dual wave and particle natures of radiation and his eventual vindication.

Unlike earlier studies, the book highlights the intimate interactions between father and son that made their project possible, emphasizes personal, family, and wider human relationships, and offers new insights into teaching and research in a British colonial setting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199235209
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/06/2008
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Stoneraise Place
2. Market Harborough
3. King William's College
4. Cambridge University
5. Adelaide: early years
6. Consolidation and marriage
7. Growth and maturity
8. Towards research
9. Leave-of-absence
10. Aftermath
11. Front-rank research: alpha-particles
12. Willie and Bob's Australian education
13. Further research: X- and gamma rays
14. Goodbye Australia!
15. Hello England!
16. X-ray waves and crystals
17. The Great War
18. Post-war separation: London and Manchester
19. Epilogue

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