AUTHORNye, Mary Jo
TITLEBefore Big Science: The Pursuit of Modern Chemistry and Physics, 1800-1940
PUBLISHERTwayne Publishers
CITYNew York, NY

This book traces the history of the physical sciences from the early 17th century to the beginning of World War II. The author explains how practices in the fields of chemistry and physics changed from amateurs experimenting in tiny, makeshift laboratories to professional specialists exchanging ideas in vast, multinational research institutes. She explains that chemistry and physics took parallel paths during this time period, and she details those paths. Her account includes profiles of the key figures Dalton, Pasteur, Einstein, and Bohr, among others. The final two chapters are devoted to nuclear physics and radiochemistry; they concentrate on the groundbreaking experiments and scientific investigations that led to the development of nuclear science.

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