SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry

A Prehistory of Polymer Science

Authors: Carnegie Mellon University, Gary Patterson

  • Provides key insights into current issues and historical problems in polymer science

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Polymer science is now an active and thriving community of scientists, engineers and technologists, but there was a time, not so long ago, when there was no such community. The prehistory of polymer science helps to provide key insights into current issues and historical problems. The story will be divided into an ancient period ( from Greek times to the creation of the molecular consensus), a nascent period (from Dalton to Kekule to van’t Hoff) and a period of paradigm formation and controversy (from Staudinger to Mark to Carothers). The prehistory concludes with an account of the epochal 1935 Discussion of the Faraday Society on “Polymerization”. After this meeting an active community engaged in trying to solve the central problems defined by the discussions.

About the authors

Gary Patterson is Professor of Chemical Physics and Polymer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry under Paul Flory at Stanford University in 1972. He was a Member of Technical Staff in the Chemical Physics Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1972-1984. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Physical Society. He received the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research in 1981 for his work on light scattering from polymers. He is the author of more than 100 papers on polymer science and the book, “Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules.” He was the Charles Price Fellow of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and currently is the Chief Bibliophile of the Bolton Society.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Prehistory of Polymer Science
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-21637-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-21637-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-21636-7
Series ISSN
2212-991X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 49
Number of Illustrations and Tables
26 b/w illustrations
Topics