How the Laser Happened
Charles H. Townes
Winner of the 2000 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. In this memoir, Nobel laureate Charles Townes traces his multifaceted career across decades of groundbreaking research. He provides a hands-on description of how working scientists and inventors get their ideas. He also shows how scientists respond to new ideas and how they approach a variety of issues, from priority and patents to the social and political implications of their work. Packed with first-hand accounts and historical anecdotes, this lively memoir is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of science and an inspiring example for students considering scientific careers. Copyright 2000, softcover. Condition: New; still shrink-wrapped.
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