Histories of the Electron: The Birth of Microphysics (Dibner by Jed Z. Buchwald,Andrew Warwick

By Jed Z. Buchwald,Andrew Warwick

In the mid to past due Nineties, J. J. Thomson and associates at Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory performed experiments on "cathode rays" (a kind of radiation produced inside evacuated glass vessels subjected to electrical fields) -- the result of which a few historians later considered because the "discovery" of the electron. This e-book is either a biography of the electron and a background of the microphysical international that it opened up.The ebook is prepared in 4 elements. the 1st half, Corpuscles and Electrons, considers the various bills of Thomson's function within the experimental creation of the electron. the second one half, What used to be the child Electron sturdy For?, examines how scientists used the recent entity in actual and chemical investigations. The 3rd half, Electrons utilized and Appropriated, explores the lodging, or lack thereof, of the electron in nuclear physics, chemistry, and electric technology. It follows the electron's slow development from cathode ray to ubiquitous subatomic particle and eponymous entity in a single of the world's such a lot profitable industries -- electronics. The fourth half, Philosophical Electrons, considers the position of the electron in problems with instrumentalism, epistemology, and realism. The electron, it seems, can let us know very much approximately how technology works.

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