The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics. One of EinsteinOCOs most admired colleagues, Dirac was in 1933 the youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize in physics.

DiracOCOs personality is legendary. He was an extraordinarily reserved loner, relentlessly literal-minded and appeared to have no empathy with most people. Yet he was a family man and was intensely loyal to his friends. His tastes in the arts ranged from Beethoven to Cher, from Rembrandt to Mickey Mouse.

Based on previously undiscovered archives, "The Strangest Man" reveals the many facets of DiracOCOs brilliantly original mind. A compelling human story, "The Strangest Man" also depicts a spectacularly exciting era in scientific history.

  

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Review: The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

User Review  - Jean Poulos - Goodreads

This is one of the best books in terms of detail and insight into the brilliant character of Paul Dirac 1902-1984. Graham Farmelo, a British Physicist, has obviously done in-depth research, and I ... Read full review

Review: The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

User Review  - Angus Mcfarlane - Goodreads

Paul Dirac was probably the most fruitful quantum physicist involved in the revolution of Born, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Pauli etc., yet I barely recognised his name, let alone his achievements ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Strangest Man
7
Abbreviations in Notes
439
Acknowledgements
509
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Graham Farmelo is senior research fellow at the Science Museum, London, and adjunct professor of physics at Northeastern University. His previous books include It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science. He lives in Richmond, England.

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