The Strangest Man : The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius
by Graham Farmelo
Editor: FABER & FABER
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“A monumental achievement, one of the great biography scientistsMichael Frayn’s Strangest Man is the Costa Biography’s award-winning account of Paul Dirac, the famous physicist sometimes called the British EinsteinHe was one of the pioneers of the greatest revolution of the twentieth century of science: quantum mechanics.The youngest theorist in history to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, he was also pathologically reticent, strangely prosaic and legendary unable to communicate or show empathyThanks to his greater period of productivity, his postcards at home contained only remarks about the weatherBased on a still unknown archive of family documents, Graham Farmelo celebrates Dirac’s massive scientific achievements while drawing a compassionate portrait of his life and workFarmelo shows a man who, although desperately socially inept, could manage to love and maintain a close friendshipThe Strangest, Man is an extraordinary and moving human history, as well as a study of one of the most exciting moments in scientific history”A wonderful bookThe displacement, sometimes comical, sometimes infinitely sad, and goes to the root of what we mean by truth in science”Lord Waldegrave, Daily Telegraph
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