J.J.Thomson and the Discovery of the Electron

J.J.Thomson and the Discovery of the Electron

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1997 saw the centenary of one of the most important moments in modern physics - the discovery of the electron. This volume maps the life and achievement of J.J. Thomson, with particular focus on his ideas and experiments leading to the landmark discovery. A foreword by J.J. Thomson's grandson, David Thomson, provides valuable insights into Thomson's personality, while the reproduction of original papers allows the reader to appreciate Thomson's own style and way of thinking.The book describes his early years and education, then taking us through his career at Cambridge, first as a Fellow of Trinity College, later as head of the Cavendish Laboratory and finally as Master of Trinity and national spokesperson for science. The book presents an accessible historical survey of the discovery of the electron. It was published to coincide with the centenary of the discovery in 1997. It offers a carefully researched account of J.J. Thomson's life and experiments leading to the discovery. The Foreword is by Thomson's grandson.
The book contains previously unpublished photographs from the Cavendish Science Museum, from David Thomson's personal collection, and facsimilie extracts from original science papers.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.7 x 234.7 x 14.2mm | 497.65g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748407200
  • 9780748407200

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'A valuable and useful book...the authors give valuable background information to Thomson's scientific works. a fine tribute to one of the pioneers of modern physics and a welcome contribution to the historiography of the first phase of what became a revolution in microphysics... excellent illustrations...the reproduction of Thomson's papers will be reason enough to buy the book, and in addition the reader will have David and Falconer's expert contextualisations of the papers' - - "Centaurus"
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1997 saw the centenary of one of the most important moments in modern physics - the discovery of the electron. This volume maps the life and achievement of J.J.Thomson, with particular focus on his ideas and experiments leading to the landmark discovery. A foreword by J.J.Thomson's grandson, David Thomson, provides valuable insights into Thomson's personality, while the reproduction of original papers allows the reader to appreciate Thomson's own style and way of thinking. The book describes his early years and education, then taking us through his career at Cambridge, first as a Fellow of Trinity College, later as head of the Cavendish Laboratory and finally as Master of Trinity and national spokesperson for science. * An accessible historical survey of the discovery of the electron * Published to coincide with the centenary of the discovery in 1997 * A carefully researched account of J.J.Thomson's life and experiments leading to the discovery * Foreword by Thomson's grandson * Contains previously unpublished photographs from the Cavendish Science Museum, from David Thomson's personal collection, and facsimilie extracts from original science papers
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About E. A. Davis

Davis; E. A. University of Leicester, England,
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