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Scientific Journeys

A Physicist Explores the Culture, History and Personalities of Science

Authors: Dylla, H. Frederick

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  • An engaging collection of stories about events and personalities that shaped a physicist’s world view
  • Authored by a notable physicist and long-term director of the American Institute of Physics 
  • Gives fascinating insights into the interplay of science, technology, publishing and politics
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This collection of essays traces a scientific journey bookmarked by remarkable mentors and milestones of science. It provides fascinating reading for everyone interested in the history, public appreciation, and value of science, as well as giving first-hand accounts of many key events and prominent figures. The author was one of the “sputnik kids” growing up in the US at the start of the space age. He built a working laser just two years after they were first invented, an experience that convinced him to become a physicist. During his 50-year career in physics, many personalities and notable events in science and technology helped to form his view of how science contributes to the modern world​, including his conviction that the impact of science can be most effective when introduced within the context of the humanities - especially history, literature and the arts.
From the Foreword by former U.S. Congressman, Rush D. Holt: In this volume, we have the wide-ranging thoughts and observations of Fred Dylla, an accomplished physicist with an engineer’s fascination for gadgets, a historian’s long perspective, an artist’s aesthetic eye, and a teacher’s passion for sharing ideas. Throughout his varied career [...] his curiosity has been his foremost characteristic and his ability to see the connection between apparently disparate things his greatest skill. [...] Here he examines the roots and growth of innovation in examples from Bell Laboratories, Edison Electric Light Company, and cubist painter Georges Braque. He considers the essential place of publishing in science, that epochal intellectual technique for learning how the world works. He shows the human enrichment and practical benefits that derive from wise investments in scientific research, as well as the waste resulting from a failure to embrace appropriate technologies.

About the authors

Fred Dylla is the Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics. He has spent 50 years as an inquiring physicist, helping to design and build scientific facilities for astronomy, fusion energy, particle and nuclear physics, medical and materials research. Along the way he enjoyed sharing his love of science and the arts with students, colleagues, family and friends. He lives in Lewes, Delaware with his wife Linda.​

Reviews

​“What a joy to accompany Fred Dylla on his Scientific Journeys! This engaging and insightful collection of essays, drawn from a lifetime in science, takes you through a wide-ranging landscape of research, with fascinating excursions into history, politics, art, and personalities along the way.” (Colin Norman, Former News Editor, Science magazine)
“A delightful collection of short essays; each has a surprise, something memorable about science, or people, or his personal trajectory, or strategy, or the startling importance of science in the world. So many thrills in a little book!” (John Mather, Nobel Prize (physics), 2006)
“Scientific Journeys is a gem. These delightful essays illuminate the fascinating lives of a diverse group of scientists and engineers and the unpredictable, rewarding paths of discovery they followed to create our modern world. Start your journey with Hildegard von Bingen, a nun who left a scientific and musical legacy more than 900 years ago, and end with Fred Dylla’s optimistic epilogue that science will provide a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic and bring the world into a better place.” (Madeleine Jacobs, Former Editor in Chief, Chemical & Engineering News and Executive Director and CEO, American Chemical Society)
“This is an interesting, thoughtful, and well-written tour of the world of a physicist, from his education at MIT, mentored by some of the greatest physicists of the day, to his eventual position as CEO of the American Institute of Physics.” (Mark Cardillo, Executive Director of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation)
“Fred Dylla delightfully shares the arc of his career from building his own laser as a boy to leading the American Institute of Physics in this collection of engaging essays. I enjoyed reading them all and learned many things along the way.”(Kevin Marvel, Executive Director of the American Astronomical Society)
“With an insider’s perspective, Scientific Journeys ably shows how science and engineering innovations emerge from a complex network of policy deliberations, inspired ideas, dedicated work, adroit management of research, and timely sharing of results.” (Phillip Schewe, Author of The Grid, a history of how society uses electricity, and Maverick Genius, a biography of the scientist and writer Freeman Dyson)
“We are fortunate that Fred Dylla has devoted the effort to share some of the interesting experiences and perspectives from his distinguished career in physics. They are well written, insightful, and even entertaining, especially for those of us who have also chosen to be physicists.” (Bob Doering, Director of Exploratory Research, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Texas Instruments)
“Fred’s extraordinary career and range as an essayist are nicely summed up in Chap. 26 by his observation: ‘…physicists like to say they are interested in every-thing … I was not immune to this.’ While greatly enjoying each essay, I was reminded how, as a conference organizer, I used to put Fred at the end to ensure that no delegates drifted away early! Sadly, no such inspirational book existed when I started out, but I am confident that Scientific Journeys will do much to motivate the next generation. I shall certainly be buying copies for young friends and grandchildren.” (Robert Campbell, Former President of Blackwell Publishing)

Table of contents (45 chapters)

Table of contents (45 chapters)
  • Literature and Legacy Flow Along the Rhine

    Pages 3-5

    Dylla, H. Frederick

  • Invention and Discovery: Fleming and Edison

    Pages 7-10

    Dylla, H. Frederick

  • Rutherford’s Nuclear World

    Pages 11-15

    Dylla, H. Frederick

  • Fueling Science for War and Peace

    Pages 17-20

    Dylla, H. Frederick

  • Shelter Island’s Famous Physicists

    Pages 21-23

    Dylla, H. Frederick

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientific Journeys
Book Subtitle
A Physicist Explores the Culture, History and Personalities of Science
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55800-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55800-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-55799-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 221
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 46 illustrations in colour
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