AUTHORLarsen, Egon
TITLEThe Cavendish Laboratory: Nursery of Genius
PUBLISHERFranklin Watts
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1962
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This short book examines the history of the prestigious Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University from its inception in 1871 to 1962. It covers the major scientists who worked at the laboratory and their most important discoveries. It focuses in particular on the laboratory’s first head, James Clerk Maxwell, and his work with electromagnetic waves; J. J. Thomson and his discovery of the electron; and Ernest Rutherford and the birth of nuclear physics. Also discussed are Russian scientist Peter Kapitza, who worked under Rutherford on low-temperature and magnetic field research; James Chadwick, discoverer of the neutron; the efforts of the Cavendish Laboratory during World War II; the work of Francis Crick and J. D. Watson on the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA); and the state of the laboratory under Nevill Francis Mott in the early 1960s. Many quotations are incorporated into the history, which is accompanied by photographs and some diagrams. The brief foreword is by nuclear physicist John Cockcroft.


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