AUTHORFarmelo, Graham
TITLEThe Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
PUBLISHERBasic Books
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2009
ISBN978-0-465-02210-6


This acclaimed biography of English physicist Paul Dirac, the youngest theoretician to win the Noble Prize in physics, presents his significant contributions to quantum physics, his personal life, and interactions with his scientific peers. One of the architects of modern physics, Dirac used pure mathematics to describe the environment inside the atom. The author provides an engaging portrayal of the personality of the brilliant, introverted scientist. Of particular interest are Dirac’s contributions to Britain's initial research on the atomic bomb during World War II. New archival materials assisted the author in exploring Dirac's perspectives and in describing an exciting period in the history of nuclear physics.


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