Faust in Copenhagen : A Struggle for the Soul of Physics
A physicist himself, Gino Segre writes about what scientists do?and why they do it?with intimacy, clarity, and passion. In Faust in Copenhagen, he evokes the fleeting, magical moment when physics?and the world?was about to lose its innocence forever. Known by physicists as the miracle year, 1932 saw the discovery of the neutron and antimatter, as well as the first artificially induced nuclear transmutations. However, while scientists celebrated these momentous discoveries?which presaged the nuclear era and the emergence of big science?during a meeting at Niels Bohr's Copenhagen Institute, Europe was moving inexorably toward totalitarianism and war.
- Paperback | 310 pages
- 129.54 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
- 01 Jun 2008
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Penguin USA
- New York, NY, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
? [A] fascinating story, insightfully told and consistently engaging . . . Segr? speaks to the reader with enthusiasm, at times unable to conceal his excitement about the fascinating story he's sharing, yet his telling is deftly and dramatically structured, providing necessary historical and scientific context, clearly and concisely.? ?"San Francisco Chronicle" ? Cracking good narrative history.? ?"Time"
About Gino Segre
Gino Segre is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. An internationally renowned expert in high-energy elementary-particle theoretical physics, Segre has served as director of Theoretical Physics at the National Science Foundation and received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. This is his first book.