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September 30, 1961

Men and Moments in the History of Science

JAMA. 1961;177(13):930. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040390044017

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To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the History of Science Dinner Club Dr. Evans brought out this volume. The essays collected in this book were read at meetings of the club. Their subjects range far and wide over the broad realms of science. Unfortunately their date of delivery is not recorded, so it is not always possible to tell whether any oversight or omission represents failure to correct the essays in the light of recent developments or represents unawareness. One sees beautifully developed the interchange of ideas and the mutual stimulus which scientific workers share in Koenig's very revealing researches "On the History of Science and of the Second Law of Thermodynamics." The contributions and influence of Carnot, Clausius, and Thomson on the development of ideas and the close temporal association or simultaneity of independent discoveries when the intellectual climate is favorable are illustrated clearly and convincingly. Another essay

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