The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Strangest Man Paul Dirac was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in 20th-century science: quantum mechanics. Based on an archive of family papers, this title celebrates Dirac's massive scientific achievement while drawing a portrait of his life and work.
- Published: 24 December 2009
- Format: Paperback 560 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780571222865 ISBN 10: 0571222862
- Sales rank: 24,989
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Paul Dirac was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in 20th-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.