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By: Donald W Braben(Author)
Promoting the Planck Club presents rich mini-histories of selected scientists whose work led to radical and transformational discoveries, their background, the prevailing scientific environment, and the conditions that allowed for their success. The text provides a broad audience of students, scientists, engineers, economists, and policymakers with ways to ensure that we take all steps to protect the flow of unpredictable scientific discoveries that are necessary for sustained levels of growth as well as ways to ensure that all steps are taken to protect the flow of unpredictable scientific discoveries.
List of Posters ix
Accidents, Coincidences, and the Luck of the Draw: How Benjamin Thompson and Humphry Davy Enabled Michael Faraday to Electrify the World 16
Science, Technology, and Economic Growth: Can Their Magical Relationships Be Controlled? 27
Max Planck: A Reluctant Revolutionary with a Hunger of the Soul 38
The Golden Age of Physics 50
Oswald T. Avery: A Modest Diminutive Introverted Scientific Heavyweight 79
Barbara McClintock (1902–1992): A Patient, Integrating, Maverick Interpreter of Living Systems 89
Charles Townes: A Meticulously Careful Scientific Adventurer 99
Carl Woese: A Staunch Advocate for Classical Biology 110
Peter Mitchell: A High-Minded Creative and Courageous Bioenergetics Accountant 126
Harry Kroto: An Artistic and Adventurous Chemist with a Flair for Astrophysics 139
John Mattick: A Prominent Critic of Dogma and a Pioneer of the Idea That Genomes Contain Hidden Sources of Regulation 158
Conclusions: How We Can Foster Prosperity Indefinitely 174
Open Letter to Research Councils UK from Donald W. Braben and Others Published in Times Higher Education, November 5, 2009 194
Global Warming: A Coherent Approach 197
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