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Description - Histories of the Electron by Jed Z. Buchwald

In the mid to late 1890s, J. J. Thomson and colleagues at Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory conducted experiments on "cathode rays" (a form of radiation produced within evacuated glass vessels subjected to electric fields) - the results of which some historians later viewed as the "discovery" of the electron. This book is both a biography of the electron and a history of the microphysical world that it opened up. The book is organised in four parts. The first part, Corpuscles and Electrons, considers the varying accounts of Thomson's role in the experimental production of the electron. The second part, What Was the Newborn Electron Good For?, examines how scientists used the new entity in physical and chemical investigations. The third part, Electrons Applied and Appropriated, explores the accommodation, or lack thereof, of the electron in nuclear physics, chemistry and electrical science. It follows the electron's gradual progress from cathode ray to ubiquitous subatomic particle and eponymous entity in one of the world's most successful industries - electronics. The fourth part, Philosophical Electrons, considers the role of the electron in issues of instrumentalism, epistemology

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262524247
ISBN-10: 0262524244
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jed Z. Buchwald

Andrew Warwick is Lecturer in the History of Science at Imperial College, London.

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