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. In The Strangest Man, Graham Farmelo tries to get under the skin of one Paul Dirac: The man who conjured laws of nature from pure thought. “The purest soul” is a quotation about Dirac from Niels Bohr, as is Graham Farmelo’s title. (“Dirac is the strangest man,” Bohr said, “who ever.

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Share your thoughts with other stranges. He wanted to set out the fundamental laws of nature in the most beautiful possible way in order to agree with experiment.

He sat in the theater and watched it over and driac again. Among all these peculiar characteristics of Dirac and many others of a personality that fits with those of a person with Asperger’s syndrome, there is one that I truly admire in a person and this was the loyalty that Paul Dirac always demonstrated towards his family and his friends.

It took significant time before his speculations tue be confirmed in observations of cosmic rays at Caltech and then by his colleagues at the Cavendish Labs at Cambridge. Heisenberg and a responsible man. He was foremost a strangewt, and “discovered” the relativistic generalization of quantum mechanics by geometric intuition, finding more joy in the beauty of his equations than in the subsequent validation when positrons were was first observed and identified as the anti-matter particles predicted by his theory.

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Give us an idea. Besides the history of an important part of physics, and its historical background including the rise of Nazism and Diirac, WWII and later – Cold War one can clearly see that science is not a dry product, polished from its very beginning.


The book gave a picture of the interconnectedness of many of these developments, and left me eager to read more detailed accounts focusing on each era of discovery separately.

stfangest I learned This is one of the best books in terms of detail and insight into the brilliant character of Paul Dirac April 30, at 1: And so may SUSY, since fusion rules of a purely bosonic symmetry can connect both bosonic and fermionic fields.

Definitely a recommended read for anyone interested in the history of the subject, or some insight into the personality of one of the greatest physicists of all time. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. strangst

Yes, I’m fortunate enough to be a visitor at the Institute for the summer. But he was doing really first grade work.

In the end, his personal life was not nearly as interesting as his professional life, though I understand that a professional biography of Dirac would basically be a textbook on quantum mechanics, still I think I would have liked that.

Customers who bought this item also bought. I was wondering, why wasn’t he more recognized for his discovery of the anti-electron and other particles…. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Nowadays, it is quite uncontroversial that experimentalists often work to verify the predictions of particle theorists, yet there are other areas where new ideas are objected to on the grounds that they diverge from the way science has been done in the past.


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I realized I had never appreciate how many theoretical contributions he made, not only in new, original concepts, like antimatter, but also in pushing existing theory to meet his mathematical standards.

Dirac understood quantum mechanics so well that he was able to predict the existence of antimatter. And then thanks to the generosity of Dirac’s children, in particular his younger daughter; she gave me some letters that Dirac wrote. He was famous to his colleagues, but the public knew nothing about him. And it is that mathematical purity that may be his most profound legacy as a scientist.

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This biography is a well constructed and complete narration of one of the greatest physicists to ever live. In one of the closing chapters he examines whether or not Dirac could have been autistic.

This equation also turns out to play a fundamental role in mathematics, linking analysis, geometry and topology through the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. Xirac enjoyed this book even more than I had expected to.

The Strangest Man: the Hidden Life of Paul Dirac by Graham Farmelo – review

This book furnishes those details. And I simply had to put that in because I had to admit that I had been little bit patronizing, here Fhe thought with this stuff, none of it came to [any]thing, and there we are. And he lived in this era of great discovery in physics, in quantum mechanics. Open Preview See a Problem?

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