Buckingham (1907): An appreciation

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Nearly a century ago, Edgar Buckingham (1907) published a seminal work on the movement of soil moisture which is part of the foundation of modern soil physics. It also constitutes a pioneering contribution in the study of multi-phase flow in porous media. A physicist, Buckingham took on an earth science issue of importance to society, and produced superb basic science as a byproduct. Buckingham impresses us with his ability to combine experiment and theory, and his capacity to intuitively explain difficult ideas to a wide audience. Science progresses both by gradual accretion of knowledge, and by sudden influx of ideas. ... continued below

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Narasimhan, T.N. November 17, 2004.

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Nearly a century ago, Edgar Buckingham (1907) published a seminal work on the movement of soil moisture which is part of the foundation of modern soil physics. It also constitutes a pioneering contribution in the study of multi-phase flow in porous media. A physicist, Buckingham took on an earth science issue of importance to society, and produced superb basic science as a byproduct. Buckingham impresses us with his ability to combine experiment and theory, and his capacity to intuitively explain difficult ideas to a wide audience. Science progresses both by gradual accretion of knowledge, and by sudden influx of ideas. Buckingham's contribution belongs in the latter category. After a brief, four-year rendezvous with soil science, he went on to pursue a long and distinguished career in physics with the National Bureau of Standards. This paper is an appreciation of Buckingham's contribution on soil moisture in the context of contemporary developments in diffusion theory, and the rapid growth of science in America at the turn of the twentieth century.

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OSTI as DE00841566

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  • Journal Name: Vadose Zone; Journal Volume: 4; Other Information: Submitted to Vadose Zone: Volume 4; Journal Publication Date: 2005

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  • Report No.: LBNL--56645
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 841566
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc780883

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Narasimhan, T.N. Buckingham (1907): An appreciation, article, November 17, 2004; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc780883/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.