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Michael PolanyiScientist and Philosopher$
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William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019517433X.001.0001

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 Coming of Age in the Great War: 1914–1919

 Coming of Age in the Great War: 1914–1919

(p.33) 2 Coming of Age in the Great War: 1914–1919
Michael Polanyi

William Taussig Scott

Martin X. Moleski (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Polanyi served as a medical officer in the Austro-Hungarian Army. As time allowed, he worked on the Nernst Heat Theorem, a novel theory about the adsorption of gases and the paradoxes associated with isotopes. His experience of war left him with a life-long concern about understanding the strength of the liberal tradition that had enriched European civilization from 1870 to 1914 as well as the loss of faith in the tradition that had led Europe down the path of self-destruction.

Keywords:   medical officer, Nernst Heat Theorem, adsorption, isotopes, liberal tradition, European civilization

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