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Light is a MessengerThe Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg$
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Graeme K. Hunter

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198529217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529217.001.0001

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Concatenation of fortunate circumstances: Cambridge, 1909–14

Concatenation of fortunate circumstances: Cambridge, 1909–14

(p.16) 2 Concatenation of fortunate circumstances: Cambridge, 1909–14
Light is a Messenger

Graeme K. Hunter

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the life of William Lawrence Bragg from 1909–14. In the spring of 1910, Bragg competed in the Trinity scholarships examination. The Master of Trinity, Montagu Butler, read his essays and commented upon the ‘brilliant imagination’ shown in them. Bragg was awarded a College Senior Mathematical Scholarship. By the beginning of his second year Bragg had switched from the Mathematical Tripos to the Natural Sciences Tripos — in effect, dropping mathematics in favor of physics. Father and son joined forces during the Christmas holiday of 1912–13, studying the radiation reflected by crystals of rock salt.

Keywords:   Trinity scholarships, X-rays, crystallography, Montagu Butler, radiation

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