The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius (Paperback)
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The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius (Paperback)

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'A monumental achievement - one of the great scientific biographies.' Michael Frayn The Strangest Man is the Costa Biography Award-winning account of Paul Dirac, the famous physicist sometimes called the British Einstein. He was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in twentieth-century science: quantum mechanics. The youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Physics, he was also pathologically reticent, strangely literal-minded and legendarily unable to communicate or empathize. Through his greatest period of productivity, his postcards home contained only remarks about the weather. Based on a previously undiscovered archive of family papers, Graham Farmelo celebrates Dirac's massive scientific achievement while drawing a compassionate portrait of his life and work. Farmelo shows a man who, while hopelessly socially inept, could manage to love and sustain close friendship. The Strangest Man is an extraordinary and moving human story, as well as a study of one of the most exciting times in scientific history. 'A wonderful book . . . Moving, sometimes comic, sometimes infinitely sad, and goes to the roots of what we mean by truth in science.' Lord Waldegrave, Daily Telegraph

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571222865
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 200 x 125 x 40 mm
Edition: Main

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“Strangely fascinating...”

Paul Dirac was one of the leading lights in the development of Quantum Mechanics, and one of the most brilliant scientists this country has ever produced. He was also socially awkward and a very private and enigmatic... More

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26th January 2010
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