This historical survey of the discovery of the electron has been published to coincide with the centenary of the discovery. The text maps the life and achievements of J.J. Thomson, with particular focus on his ideas and experiments leading to the discovery. It describes Thomson's early years and education. It then considers his career at Cambridge, first as a fellow of Trinity, later as the head of the Cavendish Laboratory and finally as Master of Trinity and national spokesman for science. The core of the book is concerned with the work undertaken at the Cavendish, culminating in the discovery of "corpuscles", later named "electrons".; In the final two chapters, the immediate aftermath and implications of the work are described. These include the creation of the subject of atomic physics as well as the broader long term developments which can be traced from vacuum valves and the transistor through to the microelectronics revolution.
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1997 saw the centenary of one of the most important moments in modern physics - the discovery of the electron. This volume maps the life and achievement of J.J.Thomson, with particular focus on his ideas and experiments leading to the landmark discovery. A foreword by J.J.Thomson's grandson, David Thomson, provides valuable insights into Thomson's personality, while the reproduction of original papers allows the reader to appreciate Thomson's own style and way of thinking. The book describes his early years and education, then taking us through his career at Cambridge, first as a Fellow of Trinity College, later as head of the Cavendish Laboratory and finally as Master of Trinity and national spokesperson for science.
* An accessible historical survey of the discovery of the electron
* Published to coincide with the centenary of the discovery in 1997
* A carefully researched account of J.J.Thomson's life and experiments leading to the discovery
* Foreword by Thomson's grandson
* Contains previously unpublished photographs from the Cavendish Science Museum, from David Thomson's personal collection, and facsimilie extracts from original science papers