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Cohesion
A Scientific History of Intermolecular Forces

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  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673556

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  • Why does matter stick together? Why do gases condense to liquids, and liquids to solids? This book is a detailed historical account of how some of the leading scientists of the past three centuries have tried to answer these questions. Organized into four broad periods of advances in understanding, the first three are associated with Newton, Laplace and van der Waals, while the fourth gives an account of the successful use in the twentieth century of quantum and statistical mechanics to resolve most of the remaining problems.

    • The only book in print that deals with the history of research into intermolecular forces
    • Written by one of the most distinguished chemists in Britain
    • Will be of interest to historians of science as well as researchers in the area
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    "Rowlinson has crowned a distinguished research career by writing a detailed technical history of the field in which he has made so many important contributions...I cannot praise this book enough." William B. Jensen, University of Cincinnati

    "An intricate and intriguing saga...The book admirably fulfills its stated aim of serving historians of science and also physicists or physical chemists curious about the roots of modern approaches to intermolecular forces...Students of molecular science (and their teachers!) would do well to consult Rowlinson's book to see how discussions of topics such as capillarity, surface tension of liquids, elasticity of solids, and gas imperfection gain uncommon clarity from historical perspective, which brings out underlying assumptions and perplexing aspects often obscured in current texts. Those concerned about science literacy--either for the general public or for the coming generation of professionals--will find much material useful for seasoning their sermons." Physics Today

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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673556
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 171 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.548kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction and summary
    2. Newton
    3. Laplace
    4. Van der Waals
    5. Resolution
    Indexes.

  • Author

    J. S. Rowlinson, University of Oxford
    Sir John Rowlinson is Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry Emeritus in the department of chemistry at the University of Oxford.

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