Cohesion: A Scientific History of Intermolecular Forces (Paperback)J. S. Rowlinson (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 548 g
Dimensions: 243 x 171 x 19 mm
'The book strikingly illustrates the crooked ways of progress in science ... presents an exhaustive treatment of a ubiquitous natural phenomenon that stubbornly resisted fundamental understanding until well into the twentieth century.' Johanna Levelt Sengers, Isis
'Rowlinson's detailed and densely informative study is destined to be the history of cohesion for many years to come. ... it will be of as much interest to historians of the physical sciences as to scientists with an inclination for the history of their field. ... an excellently guided tour through the labyrinth of cohesion from Newton to quantum physics.' Ambix
'We rarely contemplate the forces holding everyday objects together. ... However, J. S. Rowlinson's fascinating book reveals that the causes of cohesion have occupied many great scientific minds over the past three centuries.' Michael Sutton, Chemistry in Britain
"Rowlinson has crowned a distinguished research career by writing a detailed technical history of the field in which he has made so many important contributions...I cannot praise this book enough." William B. Jensen, University of Cincinnati
"An intricate and intriguing saga...The book admirably fulfills its stated aim of serving historians of science and also physicists or physical chemists curious about the roots of modern approaches to intermolecular forces...Students of molecular science (and their teachers!) would do well to consult Rowlinson's book to see how discussions of topics such as capillarity, surface tension of liquids, elasticity of solids, and gas imperfection gain uncommon clarity from historical perspective, which brings out underlying assumptions and perplexing aspects often obscured in current texts. Those concerned about science literacy--either for the general public or for the coming generation of professionals--will find much material useful for seasoning their sermons." Physics Today
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