Wilhelm Ostwald

The Autobiography

  • Robert Smail Jack
  • Fritz Scholz

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Riga—Dorpat—Riga

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 3-10
    3. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 11-30
    4. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 31-37
    5. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 39-57
    6. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 59-73
    7. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 75-82
    8. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 83-87
    9. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 89-96
    10. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 97-106
    11. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 107-112
    12. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 113-120
    13. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 121-130
    14. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 131-139
  3. Leipzig

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-143
    2. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 145-152
    3. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 153-161
    4. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 163-173
    5. Robert Smail Jack, Fritz Scholz
      Pages 175-189

About this book

Introduction

This book is the translated and commented autobiography of Wilhelm Ostwald (1853-1932), who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1909. It is the first translation of the German original version “Lebenslinien: Eine Selbstbiographie,” published by Ostwald in 1926/27, and has been painstakingly translated. The book includes comments and explanations, helping readers to understand Ostwald’s text in the historical context of Germany at the beginning of the 20th century.
In his autobiography, Ostwald describes his impressive research career and his life from his own personal view. Readers will find information on how Ostwald immortalized himself through his research on catalysis, chemical equilibria, technical chemistry, and especially as one of the founders of modern physical chemistry. His broad interests in science, ranging from philosophy to the theory of colors and the idea of a universal scientific language are further remarkable aspects covered.
This work will appeal to a broad audience of contemporary scientists: Wilhelm Ostwald has been tremendously influential for the development of chemistry and science, and many of today’s best-known international scientific schools can be traced back to Ostwald’s students. Ostwald was active in Germany and what is now Latvia and Estonia, while also travelling to the USA, England and France. In his discussions and analyses of the working conditions of the time, readers will find many issues reflected that continue to be of relevance today.

Keywords

Catalysis Chemistry Nobel Prize® 1909 History of Science Physical Chemistry Theory of Colours Universal Science Language Wilhelm Ostwald

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Smail Jack
    • 1
  • Fritz Scholz
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GreifswaldInstitute for Immunology and Transfusion MedicineGreifswaldGermany
  2. 2.Inst. of BiochemistryUniversity of GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46955-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-46953-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-46955-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-0613
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-0621
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