The Flash of Genius

by ALFRED B. GARRETT Vice President for Research The Ohio State University

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The Flash of Genius
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Discovery Process 1
  • References 6
  • Stories of Discovery: For the Laymen and the Scientists 8
  • 1. The Discovery of the Process of Metallurgy of Aluminum 11
  • References 13
  • 2. The Discovery of Teflon 14
  • References 15
  • 3. The Discovery of Lead Tetraethyl 16
  • References 18
  • 4. The Discovery of Freon 19
  • References 22
  • 5. The Vulcanization of Rubber 23
  • References 25
  • 6. Cracking Gasoline 26
  • References 30
  • 7. The Discovery of Penicillin 31
  • References 35
  • 8. The Discovery of Insulin 36
  • References 38
  • 9. Dynamite and Nobel Prizes 39
  • Reference 43
  • 10. The Discovery of Aniline Dyes 44
  • References 45
  • 11. Aeration Whipping Process 46
  • References 47
  • 12. The Discovery of Rayon 48
  • References 49
  • 13. The Discovery of Nylon 50
  • References 56
  • 14. The Discovery of X-Rays 57
  • References 61
  • 15. The Discovery of Radioactivity 62
  • References 64
  • 16. The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands and the Synthesis and Oxidation of Ammonia 66
  • References 67
  • 17. The Atomic Theory 68
  • References 72
  • 18. The Discovery of Oxygen and the Starting of a Scientific Revolution 73
  • References 75
  • 19. The Nature of Combustion 76
  • References 81
  • 20. The Discovery of Photosensitive Plates 82
  • References 84
  • 21. The Linking of Carbon Atoms in Hydrocarbons; the Ring Structure of Benzene 85
  • References 87
  • 22. The Discovery of the Industrial Process of Making Calcium Carbide and Acetylene 88
  • References 91
  • 23. The Discovery of Helium 92
  • References 95
  • 24. The Discovery of Safety Glass 96
  • References 97
  • 25. Mendel's Law of Heredity 98
  • References 104
  • Stories of Discovery: For the Scientists and the Laymen 106
  • 1. Dating with Carbon-14 109
  • References 112
  • 2. The Birth of the Concept of the Nuclear Atom 113
  • References 115
  • 3. The Bohr Model of the Atom 116
  • Reference 121
  • 4. The Value of the Charge on the Nucleus of Atoms -- Atomic Numbers 122
  • References 125
  • 5. The Discovery of Polonium and Radium 126
  • References 129
  • 6. The Discovery of Artificial Radioactivity 130
  • Reference 132
  • 7. Natural Transmutation 133
  • References 140
  • 8. Artificial Transmutation of Elements 142
  • References 146
  • 9. Isotopes I: The Concept of the Existence of Isotopes 147
  • References 150
  • 10. Isotopes II: The First Separation of Isotopes 151
  • References 154
  • 11. The Discovery of the Isotopes of Oxygen 155
  • References 156
  • 12. The Discovery of Deuterium 158
  • References 161
  • 13. The Famous Molecular Paradox 162
  • References 167
  • 14. The Quantum Theory 169
  • References 172
  • 15. The Periodic Table 173
  • References 181
  • 16. The Theory of Ionization 182
  • References 186
  • 17. Cathode Rays -- Evidence for the Electron 188
  • References 193
  • 18. The Identification of the Neutron 194
  • References 198
  • 19. The Discovery of the Positron 199
  • References 203
  • 20. Birth of the Concept That Neutrinos Must Exist 204
  • References 207
  • 21. The Discovery of Argon 208
  • References 213
  • 22. The Synthesis of Element 101 214
  • References 218
  • 23. Radioactive Tracers 219
  • References 222
  • 24. The Early Concept of Atomic Energy 223
  • Reference 226
  • 25. The Discovery of the Fission Process 227
  • References 232
  • 26. The Discovery of the Photosynthetic Carbon Dioxide Cycle 233
  • References 236
  • Conclusion: Some Results of This Search 237
  • Appendices 239
  • References 240
  • Index 247
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