Wood, Elizabeth A. | Crystals and Light. An Introduction to Optical Crystallography.

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  • First edition, first printing of this introduction to crystallography by the first female scientist at Bell Labs.

    Elizabeth Wood (1912-2006) was educated at Bryn Mawr, where she became an instructor in geology. Following teaching stints at Barnard and Columbia she joined Bell Labs in 1942 and remained there for the next twenty-four years. Wood’s interests “ranged from the growth of single crystals with useful semiconducting, lasing, magnetic or superconducting properties to the crystallographic investigation of new materials with unusual properties such as the exhibition of both ferromagnetism and piezoelectricity. She also worked on material phases that could be changed by the application of appropriately oriented electric fields and on the formation of new superconductors” (International Union of Crystallographers obituary).

    Wood was a highly respected scientist, whose advice was often sought by colleagues. She was also a talented science writer, publishing books for both popular and professional audiences. “Her reputation for clearly written texts spread as a result of her Rewarding Careers for Women in Physics (1962) and Pressing Needs in School Sciences (1969) published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) in 1962. It became wider still with the publication of her Crystal Orientation Manual in 1963, which expounded the art and science of preparing shaped pieces of large accurately oriented single crystals for technicians... Five years later, her Science for the Airplane Passenger was published and proved very successful, appearing for many years in airport bookstores throughout the US and other countries. Her deep interest in improving the scientific understanding of the general public was recognized by the ACA’s establishment of an Elizabeth A. Wood Science Writing Award. Its purpose is to honor the authors of outstanding publications that bring science to the attention of the general public” (International Union of Crystallographers obituary).

  • ...Published for the Commission on College Physics. Princeton, NJ: Van Nostrand Company, Inc., 1964.

    Sextadecimo. Original wrappers in black and white with brown and orange highlights. 4 double-page colour plates. One blank leaf on which a piece of Polaroid film was previously taped as issued, but which is now lacking. Diagrams within the text. Ownership signature in turquoise ink to the half title. Wrappers rubbed and creased with a few small spots and marks, some spotting and tanning to the insides of the wrappers. Contents just a little toned. Very good condition.