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

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

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By (author) Graham Farmelo

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non-Fiction
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 42mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 24 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571222862
  • ISBN 13: 9780571222865
  • Sales rank: 25,215

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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.

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Graham Farmelo is Senior Research Fellow at the Science Museum, London, and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. Formerly a theoretical physicist, he is now an international consultant in science communication. He edited the bestselling It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science in 2002. He lives in London.