No Boundaries: University of Illinois Vignettes

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Lillian Hoddeson
University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
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Like any great university, the University of Illinois owes its prominence to the excellence of its faculty. In Lillian Hoddeson's No Boundaries, twenty-three scholars provide easily accessible vignettes about University of Illinois faculty who have made major contributions to their fields, to knowledge, and to the world. Here are many of the most inspiring--and often most amusing--people whose work elevated the University of Illinois into a world leader in a variety of areas. Their lives demonstrate again and again that the work of the University takes place as much away from campus as on it: Oscar Lewis's pioneering studies of poverty in Mexico, for example, Ralph Grim's geological work in Africa, and Nathan Newmark's architectural work in Mexico City. Here also are insights into the remarkable careers of classicist William Oldfather, chemist Roger Adams, the amazing double Nobel Prize-winning physicist John Bardeen, and accounts of Katharine Sharp's work that made the University of Illinois Library into a national treasure. Also included are the legendary contributions of the University of Illinois to computer science, biochemistry, history, literary study, and electronic music.
 

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Contents

ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS
31
The Intricate Interrelations
55
Lincoln the Civil War and Professor James G Randall
102
Linking University Science with Policy
124
A Model of Engineering Creativity
145
The Performing Art
158
THE POSTWAR RISE TO PROMINENCE
181
The Psychology of Language
210
The ILLIACs and the Rise to Prominence
226
The Economics of Population
259
The Search for Industrial Minerals
275
FINE ARTS
293
Contributors
325
Photo Credits
331
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Lillian Hoddeson, the Thomas Siebel Professor Emerita of the History of Science at the University of Illinois, is coauthor of Crystal Fire, Critical Assembly, True Genius, and Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience.

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