Much Ado about (Practically) Nothing: A History of the Noble Gases by David E. Fisher

Much Ado about (Practically) Nothing: A History of the Noble Gases

byDavid E. Fisher

Hardcover | September 29, 2010

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There are eight columns in the Periodic Table. The eighth column is comprised of the rare gases, so-called because they are the rarest elements on earth. They are also called the inert or noble gases because, like nobility, they do no work. They are colorless, odorless, invisible gases whichdo not react with anything, and were thought to be unimportant until the early 1960s. Starting in that era, David Fisher has spent roughly fifty years doing research on these gases, publishing nearly a hundred papers in the scientific journals, applying them to problems in geophysics andcosmochemistry, and learning how other scientists have utilized them to change our ideas about the universe, the sun, and our own planet.Much Ado about (Practically) Nothing will cover this spectrum of ideas, interspersed with the author's own work which will serve to introduce each gas and the important work others have done with them. The rare gases have participated in a wide range of scientific advances-even revolutions-but nobook has ever recorded the entire story. Fisher will range from the intricacies of the atomic nucleus and the tiniest of elementary particles, the neutrino, to the energy source of the stars; from the age of the earth to its future energies; from life on Mars to cancer here on earth. A whole panoplythat has never before been told as an entity.

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David E. Fisher is Professor Emeritus of Geological Science at The University of Miami. He is the author of nine novels and fourteen works of non-fiction.

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Title:Much Ado about (Practically) Nothing: A History of the Noble GasesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. In the Beginning2. Helium3. Argon4. Helium and the Age of the Earth5. Helium and the Nuclear Atom6. Helium and the Nuclear Atom7. Brookhaven and Meteorites8. Interlude: Cornell9. K/Ar and the Irons10. Interlude: The Spreading Sea Floor11. Miami: Measuring the Spreading Sea Floor12. The Argon Surprise13. Primordial gases: Evolution of the Earth14. Krypton15. Xenon and the Primordial Gases: Evolution of the Solar System16. Back on Earth: Tommy Gold and Fossil Fuels17. Back to the Stars: Fritz Houtermanns, and How Do Stars Burn18. And on to the Cosmos: Ray Davis, Argon, and the Neutrino Kerfluffle19. Life on Mars!20. From the Sublime to the Serious: Radon21. L'Envoi, or How Science Works: A Morality Tale