Linus Pauling: A Life In Science And Politics by Ted Goertzel

By Ted Goertzel

One of the few unquestioned greats of twentieth-century technology, Linus Pauling was once the one individual to obtain unshared Nobel Prizes—one in chemistry, for decoding the quantum physics of enormous molecules, and one in peace, for assisting to finish nuclear bomb checking out. His brilliance used to be allied with a definite stubbornness, and while he died in 1994, on the age of ninety three, he was once embroiled in controversy concerning his advocacy of diet C as a remedy for melanoma. in accordance with thirty years of interviews, this masterful biography is stuffed with insights into the existence and paintings of this advanced, attention-grabbing man.

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Finally, in mid-September he received a letter of acceptance from Oregon Agricultural College. Linus immediately put aside his doubts and gave notice at the machine shop. Mr. Schwietzerhoff was sorry to lose him but told Linus that he would be a success at whatever he chose to do. There would always be a job for him if he came back. Linus filled his diary with resolutions. He would make at least a 95 in mathematical analysis, take as many mathe­ matics courses as possible, make use of his slide rule, and go out for track.

I remember her carrying out an experiment to show the pressure of the atmosphere. She had a Log Cabin Syrup can with a little water in it. She boiled the water for a while, screwed the top on, and then let it cool until it collapsed. 2 Chemistry was not covered in the physiography course, however. He was introduced to the subject by his friend Lloyd Jeffress, who demon­ strated some experiments with chemicals that he had in his bedroom. Jeffress mixed potassium chlorate and sugar, then added a drop of sul­ furic acid to start a reaction that liberated the water and produced car­ bon.

Carl took his family to California and then to Oswego, Oregon, where he became an ironmonger in a foundry. Herman was apprenticed to a druggist after finishing grammar school. The story of Herman and Belle's romance was a popular topic in Condon for many years. Herman and Isabelle were very close, sharing an intense relationship to which the children were clearly secondary. In this sense, it closely paralleled Linus's own marriage to Ava Helen Miller. But Herman's career did not match Linus's striking achievements; he achieved only modest success, first as a salesman, later as an independent drugstore owner.

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