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Mass spec : the biography of a scientific instrument

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dc.contributor.advisor Robert Kanigel. en_US
dc.contributor.author Calmes, Jordan en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-12T19:30:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-12T19:30:29Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/68473
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2011. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 36-37). en_US
dc.description.abstract Over the past century, the mass spectrometer has become commonplace in scientific fields ranging from chemistry to geology to environmental science. Its ability to identify compounds and determine concentrations of those compounds leads to a wide variety of applications, from environmental monitoring to disease diagnosis. This thesis is meant to familiarize the non-scientist with the mass spectrometer. It illustrates the instrument's basic physical principles and the wide range of research that utilize mass spectrometry. The story discusses the development of the mass spectrometer from the early experiments of JJ Thomson to modern uses in proteomics and attempts to miniaturize the instrument. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Jordan Calmes. en_US
dc.format.extent 37 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title Mass spec : the biography of a scientific instrument en_US
dc.title.alternative Biography of a scientific instrument en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M.in Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 769911118 en_US


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