Light is a Messenger: The Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg

Hardcover | December 10, 2004

byGraeme K. Hunter

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"Light is a Messenger" is the first biography of William Lawrence Bragg, who was only 25 when he won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics - the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. It describes how Bragg discovered the use of X-rays to determine the arrangement of atoms in crystals and hispivotal role in developing this technique to the point that structures of the most complex molecules known to Man - the proteins and nucleic acids - could be solved. Although Bragg's Nobel Prize was for physics, his research profoundly affected chemistry and the new field of molecular biology, ofwhich he became a founding figure. This book explains how these revolutionary scientific events occurred while Bragg struggled to emerge from the shadow of his father, Sir William Bragg, and amidst a career-long rivalry with the brilliant American chemist, Linus Pauling.

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"Light is a Messenger" is the first biography of William Lawrence Bragg, who was only 25 when he won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics - the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. It describes how Bragg discovered the use of X-rays to determine the arrangement of atoms in crystals and hispivotal role in developing this technique to ...

Dr Graeme Kenneth Hunter, School of Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 5C1, Canada, Tel. no: 519 661 2185, Fax no: 519 850 2459, E-mail address: Graeme.hunter@fmd.uwo.ca Graduated from the University of Glasgow with first class honours in Biochemistry in 1976, and completed Ph.D. in Biochemistry there fou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:322 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:December 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019852921X

ISBN - 13:9780198529217

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0. Introduction1. A shy and reserved person: Adelaide, 1886-19082. Concatenation of fortunate circumstances: Cambridge, 1909-19143. Our show is going famously: World War One, 1914-19194. A system of simple and elegant architecture: Manchester, 1919-19305. Plus-plus chemistry: Manchester, 1931-19376. Supreme position in British physics: The National Physics Laboratory and Cambridge, 1937-19397. He will have to be Sir Lawrence: World War Two, 1939-19458. A message in code which we cannot yet decipher: Cambridge, 1945-539. The art of popular lecturing on scientific subjects: The Royal Institution, 1954-196610. A very difficult affair indeed: Retirement, 1966-197111. Epilogue

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