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Author Tanford, Charles, 1921-2009.

Title Ben Franklin stilled the waves : an informal history of pouring oil on water with reflections on the ups and downs of scientific life in general / Charles Tanford.

Publication Info. Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2004]

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 269 pages) : illustrations
Science language
Physical Medium polychrome
Description text file
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-260) and index.
Contents Contents; One: Introduction; Two: Benjamin Franklin; Three: Friends and Influences; Four: The French Connection; Five: Pliny the Elder; Six: Eighteenth-Century Science; Seven: Franklin's Experiment: The Observation; Eight: How Small Is a Molecule? The Calculation Franklin Did Not Make; Nine: One Hundred Years Later. Science Comes of Age; Ten: Lord Rayleigh; Eleven: Meticulous Miss Pockels; Twelve: Comrades in the Search. The Flavor of Late Nineteenth-Century Physics; Thirteen: Ben Franklin Wonders Why (Molecular Interpretation); Fourteen: In Praise of Water.
Fifteen: Irving Langmuir: Molecular AttitudesSixteen: Biology-Cells and Membranes; Seventeen: Ernest Overton-Gentle Genius; Eighteen: Gorter and Grendel: A Factor of Two; Nineteen: Epilogue-The Biological Frontier; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Benjamin Franklin, the 18th-century American statesman and scientist, watched the calming effect of a drop of oil on the waves and ripples of a London pond, and began to investigate exactly what was happening to cause this strange phenomenon. Following Franklin's lead, a motley crowd of scientists over the next two centuries and more chose to investigate the nature of atoms and molecules through the interaction of fluid membranes. Building on Franklin's original experiments, their. work has culminated in the discovery of the structure of cell membranes, research that continues to bear fruit to.
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Subject Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Knowledge and learning -- Science.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Scientists -- United States -- Biography.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Tanford, Charles, 1921- Ben Franklin stilled the waves. Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2004 0192804944 9780192804945 (DLC) 2004041559 (OCoLC)54356694
ISBN 9781429469883 (electronic book)
1429469889 (electronic book)
9780191513039 (electronic book)
0191513032 (electronic book)
0192804944 (Paper)