Great Scientists Wage the Great War: The First War of Science 1914-1918.

Van der Kloot, William.

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Once the Great war was underway, there were bolts from the blue: unexpected problems needing solutions. In Germany the Imperial General Staff mobilized scientific talent. The French started a new organization for this purpose. The British muddled through. The Americans wisely mobilized scientists in advance. This shows how these systems worked by relating 6 case studies of eminent scientists.


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Six men made major scientific breakthroughs during the First World War and in doing so altered its course. Lawrence Bragg pinpointed the position of enemy artillery pieces with sound ranging, which enabled British tanks to break through in late 1917 and 1918. His father worked with the French to develop high frequency echolocation; if the war had gone on longer sonar would have curbed the U-boats. Ernest Starling led a group that discovered the cause of wound shock and saved shocked men with artificial plasma. He utilized what was known about metabolism to ration food fairly in Britain while improving the poor's nutrition. Germans starved. Otto Hahn worked on poisons for gas warfare and devised and tested filters to trap the poisons. He also became an expert on tactics for breaking through enemy lines with gas. Chaim Weizmann and other chemists produced molecules essential for making high explosives.

Book Details

Author Van der Kloot, William.
Format HC
Publisher Fonthill Media
Imprint Fonthill Media
Number of Pages 242
Illustrations 32 black and white illustrations
Publish Date 1/06/2014
Catalogue Jul18
Catalogue book number 255