Light is a Messenger: The Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg by Graeme K. HunterLight is a Messenger: The Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg by Graeme K. Hunter

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

byGraeme K. Hunter

Hardcover | December 10, 2004

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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.
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: Graduated from the University of Glasgow with first class honours in Biochemistry in 1976, and completed Ph.D. in Biochemistry there fou...
Title:Light is a Messenger: The Life and Science of William Lawrence BraggFormat: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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Table of Contents

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

Editorial Reviews

`... makes an excellent story ...'Michael Woolfson FRS, University of York