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Promoting the Planck Club: How Defiant Youth, Irreverent Researchers and Liberated Universities Can Foster Prosperity Indefinitely [Paperback]

Donald W. Braben

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Table of Contents

List of Posters ix Foreword xi Acknowledgments xv Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Accidents, Coincidences, and the Luck of the Draw: How Benjamin Thompson and Humphry Davy Enabled Michael Faraday to Electrify the World 16 Chapter 2 Science, Technology, and Economic Growth: Can Their Magical Relationships Be Controlled? 27 Chapter 3 Max Planck: A Reluctant Revolutionary with a Hunger of the Soul 38 Chapter 4 The Golden Age of Physics 50 Chapter 5 Oswald T. Avery: A Modest Diminutive Introverted Scientific Heavyweight 79 Chapter 6 Barbara McClintock (1902–1992): A Patient, Integrating, Maverick Interpreter of Living Systems 89 Chapter 7 Charles Townes: A Meticulously Careful Scientific Adventurer 99 Chapter 8 Carl Woese: A Staunch Advocate for Classical Biology 110 Chapter 9 Peter Mitchell: A High–Minded Creative and Courageous Bioenergetics Accountant 126 Chapter 10 Harry Kroto: An Artistic and Adventurous Chemist with a Flair for Astrophysics 139 Chapter 11 John Mattick: A Prominent Critic of Dogma and a Pioneer of the Idea That Genomes Contain Hidden Sources of Regulation 158 Chapter 12 Conclusions: How We Can Foster Prosperity Indefinitely 174 Appendix 1 Open Letter to Research Councils UK from Donald W. Braben and Others Published in Times Higher Education, November 5, 2009 194 Appendix 2 Global Warming: A Coherent Approach 197 References 201 Index 206

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