Serendipity in Science: Twenty Years at Langmuir University

Serendipity in Science: Twenty Years at Langmuir University

by Vincent J. Schaefer, Don Rittner (Editor)


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ISBN-13: 9780985692636
Publisher: Square Circle Press LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

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Serendipity in Science: Twenty Years at Langmuir University 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is an original.  A very curious mind active in the outdoors learned firsthand about Nature, Native American Indians, throughout eastern New York in the Mohawk Valley.  His hobbies connected him to farmers and GE's top executives -- people whom he cultivated and later when he needed a boost, they came through with ideas and opportunities. His knack for using his imagination was boundless. Trained as a tool and die maker in the legendary GE machine shops he was given many instrumentation tasks which eventually landed him a position un the GE Research Lab under the mentorship  of Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir. Langmuir shared theoretical ideas and Vince cobbled together models using oil cans, & bees wax. They were a formidable team. This autobiography speaks about his development, breakthrough ideas hard work unfettered by the paradigms that he might have learned in High School and College -- he went to neither. His stories of almost perfecting the solar cell long before it was invented and surprising discoverise (serendipity) for making snow, smoke generators, submarine communication, TV tubes and so forth are a delight to read. His writing is an easy going style with nice breaks to new areas of inquiry. Well worth the read.