AUTHORHendry, John, Ed.
TITLECambridge Physics in the Thirties
PUBLISHERAdam Hilger, Ltd
CITYBristol, England
DATE PUBLISHED1984
ISBN0-85274-761-6


This book contains essays that detail the remarkable advances in experimental physics that occurred at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University during the first half of the 1930s. The book is divided into four sections: the first section contains first-hand recollections of the most prominent experiments and discoveries of the time, including the discovery of the neutron and the positron and the initial splitting of the atom; the second puts those discoveries into the larger context of the Cavendish Laboratory and the physics department at Cambridge; and the third and fourth sections include additional recollections of scientists who worked at the Cavendish Laboratory during the early and mid-1930s. One essay focuses on the head of Cavendish at the time, Ernest Rutherford, and another on the scientist who discovered the neutron, James Chadwick. Each section of the book contains a detailed introduction that provides context for the essays. Some photographs are included.


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