Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
With a New Afterword
"Our knowledge of fundamental physics contains not one fruitful idea that does not carry the name of Murray Gell-Mann."--Richard Feynman
Acclaimed science writer George Johnson brings his formidable reporting skills to the first biography of Nobel Prize-winner Murray Gell-Mann, the brilliant, irascible man who revolutionized modern particle physics with his models of the quark and the Eightfold Way.
Born into a Jewish immigrant family on New York's East 14th Street, Gell-Mann's prodigious talent was evident from an early age--he entered Yale at 15, completed his Ph.D. at 21, and was soon identifying the structures of the world's smallest components and illuminating the elegant symmetries of the universe.
Beautifully balanced in its portrayal of an extraordinary and difficult man, interpreting the concepts of advanced physics with scrupulous clarity and simplicity, Strange Beauty is a tour-de-force of both science writing and biography.
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STRANGE BEAUTY: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century PhysicsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Part biography, part textbook on quarks and other phenomena discovered by one of the great particle physicists of the twentieth century. Johnson (a New York Times science writer) first introduces us ... Read full review
Strange beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the revolution in twentieth-century physicsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
One of the most notable physicists of the Nuclear Age, Murray Gell-Mann worked closely with Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynmann, and others to help unlock the secrets of the subatomic world. In 1969, he ... Read full review