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The World Made New By Linda Merricks (Lecturer in History, School of English and American Studies, Lecturer in History, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex)

Summary

This is the biography of a remarkable, many-talented man and yet a largely forgotten scientist. Frederick Soddy is an intruiging figure who not only won a Nobel Prize and became Professor of Physical Chemistry at Oxford University, but was also deeply concerned with and involved in politics, economics, and the role of science in the world.

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The World Made New: Frederick Soddy, Science, Politics, and Environment by Linda Merricks (Lecturer in History, School of English and American Studies, Lecturer in History, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex)

This is the biography of one of the most original and widely significant, yet largely forgotten, British scientists. Frederick Soddy is an intriguing figure who was deeply concerned with and involved in politics, economics, and the role of science in the world. He was one of the first generation of English atomic scientists, working with Rutherford on the initial discoveries about atomic disintegration, and received the Nobel Prize in 1921 for hi research on isotopes. Soddy's worry about the responsibility of science and scientists to society began with his fear that the atomic energy he and Rutherford had discovered could be disastrous if suitable political controls were not enforced, and led to his abandoning scientific research. He lived to see his worst fears realized with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Soddy was a pioneer in the field of energy conservation and environmental ethics, and was committed to social reform. Frederick Soddy was a remarkable and talented man who was not recognized as such in his own life-time, largely because his ideas and attitudes did not fit in with the times in which he lived. However he has become more appreciated since his death, not only because his scientific work has gained its rightful recognition, but also because of the increased awareness today of the environment and the role of science in it.

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Linda Merricks has carried out a great deal of research into Soddy's arguments and difficulties * Nature *

Table of Contents

Introduction ; 1. Childhood and early life ; 2. Success ; 3. Glasgow ; 4. Aberdeen and the First World War ; 5. Oxford and 'big science' ; 6. Monetary and other theories ; 7. New Britain ; 8. The darkest days ; 9. The post-war world ; Epilogue: The Frederick Soddy Trust ; Bibliography

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The World Made New: Frederick Soddy, Science, Politics, and Environment by Linda Merricks (Lecturer in History, School of English and American Studies, Lecturer in History, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
1996-03-28
246
0198559348
9780198559344
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