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Dirac: A Scientific Biography (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 30/03/1990
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Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and influential physicists of the twentieth century. Between 1925 and 1934, this Nobel Laureate revolutionized physics with his contributions to quantum theory. This book, the first full length biography of Dirac, offers a comprehensive account of his life and presents his physics in its historical context, including known areas such as cosmology and classical electron theory. The author examines Dirac's successes and failures, and pays particular attention to Dirac's opposition to modern quantum electrodynamics - an opposition based on aesthetic objections. This book, which draws extensively from unpublished sources, including Dirac's correspondence with Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli, Schroedinger, Gamow, and other physicists, is a history of modern physics as seen through one scientist's career.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521380898
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 740 g
Dimensions: 243 x 164 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...a delightful and instructive evocation of a remarkable human being by way of a judicious and documented passage downstream following the flow of modern physics." Scientific American
"...an important, highly professional contribution to the history of quantum theory." Science
"The entire biography is harmonic and a very interesting work created from previously unpublished documents." Physics in Canada
"One of the valuable features of Kragh's fine if impersonal biography is that he dispels the myths surrounding Dirac and paints a portrait that clearly indicates Dirac's limitations without diminishing his greatness." Physics Today
"This `scientific biography' should be widely read by physicists." Walter J. Moore, American Historical Review
"The text has accounts of his life and extraordinary character with outlines of his achievements skilfully interwoven." N. Kemmer, Nature
"...will be most appreciated by those readers already acquainted with the relevant physics and, moreover, something of its historical development." Peter R. Law, Mathematical Reviews

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