Physicists of Ireland : passion and precision /
edited by Mark McCartney and Andrew Whitaker.
Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Publishing, c2003.
xiv, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Publishing, c2003.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-06-01:
The human family has evolved into different groups, nations, races, and religions, and each of these has its own genius and special gifts. Every nation has heroes and heroines in its scientists; to recognize them in special ways is not to deny the internationalism of science, but to show how science has evolved under varying cultural and linguistic conditions. Ireland can certainly pride herself on the number and quality of her scientists. In this collection, the lives and contributions of 32 Irish physicists are recalled; Boyle, Hamilton, Stokes, and Kelvin are among the best known. Schrodinger, Lanczos, and Heitler are included because they moved to Ireland in the prime of life. Boole is excluded; he was a mathematician rather than a physicist. Other Irishmen who chose to settle down elsewhere are not here either, except for John Stuart Bell (of Bell's Theorem fame), who worked for many years beyond the shores of Ireland. The narratives are interesting and within reach of average educated readers. The absence of women from the list says as much about humanity's cultural past as about Ireland, for this is not a uniquely Irish embarrassment. A very readable and informative work to inspire young people. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. V. V. Raman emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology
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This book is a collection of essays on leading figures from the history of physics in Ireland. It includes physicists born outside Ireland who carried out significant work in Ireland, and also those whose work was carried out mainly outside Ireland provided they had strong Irish roots. It might come as a surprise to many that several leading 'English' physicists are actually from Ireland.
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William Petty 1623-1687p. 1
Robert Boyle 1627-1691p. 8
William Molyneux 1656-1698p. 17
Nicholas Callan 1799-1864p. 24
William Parsons, Earl of Rosse 1800-1867p. 33
Humphrey Lloyd 1800-1881p. 44
Thomas Grubb 1800-1878, and Howard Grubb 1844-1931p. 52
William Rowan Hamilton 1805-1865p. 61
James MacCullagh 1809-1847p. 69
Thomas Andrews 1813-1885p. 77
George Gabriel Stokes 1819-1903p. 85
John Tyndall 1820-1893p. 95
Samuel Haughton 1821-1897p. 106
William Thomson, Lord Kelvin 1824-1907p. 116
George Johnstone Stoney 1826-1911p. 126
George Francis FitzGerald 1851-1901p. 135
John Joly 1857-1933p. 143
Joseph Larmor 1857-1942p. 151
Frederick Thomas Trouton 1863-1922p. 161
John Sealy Edward Townsend 1868-1957p. 168
John A. McClelland 1870-1920p. 176
Erwin Schrodinger 1887-1961p. 186
Cornelius Lanczos 1893-1974p. 198
John Synge 1897-1995p. 208
John Desmond Bernal 1901-1971p. 220
Ernest Walton 1903-1995p. 228
Walter Heitler 1904-1981p. 238
Sir William McCrea 1904-1999p. 248
Cormac O Ceallaigh 1912-1996p. 256
David Bates 1916-1994p. 262
John Stewart Bell 1928-1990p. 273
Lochlainn O Raifeartaigh 1933-2000p. 282
Index of Namesp. 293
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