Chance and Design: Reminiscences of Science in Peace and War

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 M01 28 - 412 pages
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As a student in Cambridge, Alan Hodgkin first became interested in the basis of nerve conduction, using single nerve fibers from a shore crab in his experiments. In 1963, he won the Nobel prize for his work on nerve conduction, and in 1970 became President of the Royal Society. Chance and Design is a fascinating chronicle of Hodgkin's life, providing a glimpse into the world of Cambridge undergraduates in the thirties, the motivation behind his research into nerve conduction, his work on centimeter radar during World War II, and his life as a Cambridge academic after the war. The book concludes with an account of the Nobel prize ceremony in 1963. This highly readable autobiography gives an insight into the working patterns and private life of an eminent scientist, and will appeal not only to scientists, but also to those interested in gaining an understanding of what inspires scientific research.
 

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Contents

Childhood My fathers death in 1918
3
Staying with relations
13
Mainly schools 192332
24
Summer 1932 Oxford Frankfurt and Scotland
34
Cambridge 19325
45
Cambridge 19347 starting research
63
Cambridge 19327 mainly politics
79
New York 19378 The Rockefeller Institute
89
Life at Christchurch Swanage and Malvern
211
Antisubmarine and townfinding applications
217
An attempt to defend nightbombers AGLT
225
A wartime visit to America
233
The last year of the war
240
STARTING AGAIN
245
Malvern and Cambridge 19445
247
Research and teaching Cambridge Plymouth 19457
261

Spring 1938 St Louis Mexico
104
Summer 1938 New York and Woods Hole
113
Cambridge and Plymouth 19389
123
FLIGHT TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
137
193940 Cambridge Farnborough and St Athan
139
The move to Swanage breakup of Bowens group
153
An early visit to the Christchurch aerodrome
157
Centimetre work at Swanage in 1940
161
Another move
168
Preparations for the first flight trials
173
Initial flight trials of 9 cm AI
181
Preparations for AI Marks VII and VIII
187
Alternative scanning systems Window
196
Operational performance of centimetre AI
201
New York and Chicago spring 1948
278
The electrical activity of muscle Cambridge 1948
284
Excitation and conduction in nerve
288
Everyday life holidays conferences 194653
307
The Rockefeller and Nuffield Units 194656
326
Research 195163
336
Moving house holidays travel conferences 195362
352
Stockholm 1963
361
Postscript
370
NOTES
391
BIBLIOGRAPHY
395
INDEX
403
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