William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: The Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

byJohn Jenkin

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In 1912 Lawrence Bragg explained the interaction of X-rays with crystals, and he and his father (William) thereby pioneered X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. They then led the latter field internationally for 50 years, when most areas of science were transformed by the knowledgecreated: physics, chemistry, geology, materials science, electronics, and most recently biology and medical science. This book charts how this humble pair (William English, his son Australian) rose from obscurity to international prominence and then back to current, undeserved obscurity. Attentionis also given to the crucial roles of both father and son during the dreadful years of the First World War, and to William's early and unshakeable belief in the dual wave and particle natures of radiation and his eventual vindication.Unlike earlier studies, the book highlights the intimate interactions between father and son that made their project possible, emphasizes personal, family, and wider human relationships, and offers new insights into teaching and research in a British colonial setting.

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In 1912 Lawrence Bragg explained the interaction of X-rays with crystals, and he and his father (William) thereby pioneered X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. They then led the latter field internationally for 50 years, when most areas of science were transformed by the knowledgecreated: physics, chemistry, geology, material...

Dr John Jenkin Honorary Associate, Philosophy Program, La Trobe University, Australia John Jenkin was born, raised, and educated in Adelaide, South Australia, and graduated B.Sc. with first-class honours in physics from the University of Adelaide in 1960. He then completed a Ph.D. in low-energy nuclear physics at the Australian Natio...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.08 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199235201

ISBN - 13:9780199235209

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Table of Contents

1. Stoneraise Place2. Market Harborough3. King William's College4. Cambridge University5. Adelaide: early years6. Consolidation and marriage7. Growth and maturity8. Towards research9. Leave-of-absence10. Aftermath11. Front-rank research: alpha-particles12. Willie and Bob's Australian education13. Further research: X- and gamma rays14. Goodbye Australia!15. Hello England!16. X-ray waves and crystals17. The Great War18. Post-war separation: London and Manchester19. Epilogue