The Strangest Man

The Strangest Man

The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

Book - 2009
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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 Einstein's most admired colleagues, Dirac was in 1933 the youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize in physics.

Dirac's 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 Dirac's brilliantly original mind. A compelling human story, The Strangest Man also depicts a spectacularly exciting era in scientific history.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780465018277
0465018270
Characteristics: 539 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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susankent Nov 29, 2014

You don't need a background in physics to enjoy this portrait of Nobel laureate and founder of quantum mechanics. Well researched historically, scientifically solid, and with psychological depth - this book's a hit on all 3. An all round excellent read.

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StarGladiator
Sep 22, 2014

Not sure about that autism thing - - the only super-geniuses I've ever met weren't want to talk with the lower level types, so they also spoke in one word answers? Dirac did enjoy Robert A. Heinlein's sf book, Starship Troopers.

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