An American Scientist on the Research Frontier: Edward Morley, Community, and Radical Ideas in Nineteenth-Century Science / Edition 1

An American Scientist on the Research Frontier: Edward Morley, Community, and Radical Ideas in Nineteenth-Century Science / Edition 1

by Ralph R. Hamerla
ISBN-10:
9048170389
ISBN-13:
9789048170388
Pub. Date:
11/29/2010
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands

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An American Scientist on the Research Frontier: Edward Morley, Community, and Radical Ideas in Nineteenth-Century Science / Edition 1

An American Scientist on the Research Frontier is the first scholarly study of the nineteenth-century American scientist Edward Williams Morley. In part, it is the long-overdue story of a man who lent his name to the Michelson and Morley Ether-Drift Experiment, and who conclusively established the atomic weight of oxygen. It is also the untold story of science in provincial America: what Hamerla presents as science on the "American research frontier".

This important examination of Morley’s struggle for personal and professional legitimacy extends and transforms our understanding of science during a foundational period, and leads to a number of unique conclusions that are vital to the literature and historiography of science. By revealing important aspects of the scientific culture of the American heartland, An American Scientist on the Research Frontier deepens our understanding of an individual scientist and of American science more broadly. In so doing, Hamerla changes the way we approach and understand the creation of scientific knowledge, scientific communities, and the history of science itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789048170388
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 11/29/2010
Series: Archimedes , #13
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

The Morleys.- Edward Morley: Education, Civil War, and the Western Reserve.- Making a Place.- Kindred Spirits: The Ether Drift.- Intellectual Heritage, Prout’s Hypothesis.- Oxygen.

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