Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist

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OUP Oxford, Apr 24, 2008 - Science - 336 pages
This book presents a biography of Abdus Salam, the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize for Science (Physics 1979), who was nevertheless excommunicated and branded as a heretic in his own country. His achievements are often overlooked, even besmirched. Realizing that the whole world had to be his stage, he pioneered the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, a vital focus of Third World science which remains as his monument. A staunch Muslim, he was ashamed of the decline of science in the heritage of Islam, and struggled doggedly to restore it to its former glory. Undermined by his excommunication, these valiant efforts were doomed.

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Abdus Salem was born in British India. He went to college in England and while there partition occurred turning his homeland into Pakistan. He and his family belonged to the Ahmadi sect of Islam ... Read full review


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Acknowledgements and sources
Authors note
1A turban in Stockholm
2The tapestry of a subcontinent
3Messiahs Mahdis and Ahmadis
4A mathematical childhood
8Think of something better
9The arrogant theory
10Uniting nations of science
13Quark Liberation Front
15Prejudice and pride

5From mathematics to physics
6The men who knew infinities
7Not so splendid isolation

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Educated Imperial College, London (BSc 1st class honours, Physics and Mathematics, 1964; PhD, Theory of Elementary Particles, 1967) . During the 1960s, Fraser wrote some short-story fiction as a hobby. By 1970 Fraser combined two very different interests by becoming a reporter for Computer Weekly and later returned to science as an in-house writer and editor at major laboratories. From 1980-2002 Fraser was Editor of CERN Courier, the monthly magazine of the international high energy physics community. He has given talks at university science departments, in a mosque, and for TV programmes.

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