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Van der Waals and Molecular Sciences

By: A Ya Kipnis and BE Yavelov

313 pages, Illus, 5 figs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Apr 1996 | #88970 | ISBN: 0198552106
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About this book

The development of molecular physics and physical chemistry cannot be understood without a knowledge of the work of the Dutch physicist, Johannes Diderik van der Waals. His work is the foundation of much modern work on the theory of fluids. His doctoral thesis of 1873 was the first theory of liquids and gases in which the essential differences and similarities of these two phases were interpreted in terms of the properties of the constituent molecules. In the years since the end of the Second World War, there has been a re-appraisal of the importance of van der Waals's work, which has put van der Waals into his historic place as one of the founders of molecular science.


Contents

Preface; 1. Leiden; 2. The HBS teacher; 3. 'An exceedingly ingenious thesis'; 4. The University of Amsterdam; 5. At the Royal Academy of Sciences; 6. Scientific work in the 1880s; 7. An assessment; 8. The teacher and his school; 9. Van der Waals and Russian science; 10. In retirement; 11. Molecular physics; 12. Physical chemistry; 13. Conclusion; Bibliography; Name Index; Subject Index

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