Irving Langmuir, 1881-1957

  title={Irving Langmuir, 1881-1957},
  author={Hugh Stott Taylor},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={167 - 184}
  • H. S. Taylor
  • Published 1 November 1958
  • Physics
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
In the winter of 1942, as retiring President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Irving Langmuir addressed the membership on the topic ‘Science, commonsense and decency’. He was concerned with the interaction of scientific progress and human endeavour and took the opportunity to reveal his own ideas concerning problems of human behaviour and morality. He recognized two categories of phenomena in modern physics which he termed convergent and divergent phenomena. He… 

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