AUTHORWheeler, John Archibald / Ford, Kenneth
TITLEGeons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics
PUBLISHERW. W. Norton & Co.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1998
ISBN0-393-04642-7


In this autobiography, John Archibald Wheeler, an eminent theoretical physicist, recounts his life history, providing a chronology of his discoveries and their historical context. Wheeler perceives his career as being divided into three periods. Until the early 1950s, he pursued the idea that basic entities such as neutrons, protons, and mesons could be built from fundamental particles, electrons, and photons. His research with Niels Bohr led to the realization that Pu-239 is fissionable, and he joined the Manhattan Project after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. From 1952 to late in his career, he theorized that the world is composed of fields, in which the apparent particles are really manifestations of electric and magnetic fields, gravitational fields, and spacetime itself. The third period begins with his retirement in 1986. Wheeler discusses his changing views of physics as he narrates his experiences as a scientist and teacher. The book includes several photographs.


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