This is an excellent book, a wide-encompassing experts overview that is warmly recommended. It is an important reminder that you cannot have the technology without the science; politicians please note. Chemistry World The book although pitched at a general science-literate reader, has the potential to act as a gateway to introduce the reader to more specialised topics. It is extremely well researched with excellent supporting references. I would certainly find it a useful text for entry-level researchers at our training schools. Andrew Taylor, Science & Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Where would the world be without sand? Pure and impure, heated and x rayed, in tiny crystals and huge quantities, sand is not only underfoot, but - as McWhan shows in drawing on four decades of scientific research - the most important substance in modern science and life. We rely on it in everything from our watches, cigarette lighters, submarine detectors, and filters to the computer chips that are literally the basis of the electronics revolution. Like books such as Coal, Cod and Salt, this book is an entertaining read in the genre of microhistory. Robert P. Crease, chairman of the philosophy department at Stony Brook University, author of World in the Balance: the Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Denis McWhan worked at many presitgious institutions over his forty year career including the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Bell Telephone Laboratories Inc., Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Grenoble, France and the U.S. Department of Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has published around 200 technical papers and has been awarded Fellow of the American Physical Society (1972), Bell Laboratories Distinguished Technical Service Award (1982), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1990) and the Arthur Compton Award of the Advanced Photon Source (2003).