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 Coming of Age in the Great War: 1914–1919

William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski

in Michael Polanyi

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195174335
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835706 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019517433X.003.0002
  Coming of Age in the Great War: 1914–1919

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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

Chapter.  9416 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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