The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo
The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

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Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics. One of Einstein’s most admired colleagues, Dirac was in 1933 the youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize in physics.

Dirac’s personality is legendary. He was an extraordinarily reserved loner, relentlessly literal-minded and appeared to have no empathy with most people. Yet he was a family man and was intensely loyal to his friends. His tastes in the arts ranged from Beethoven to Cher, from Rembrandt to Mickey Mouse.

Based on previously undiscovered archives, The Strangest Man reveals the many facets of Dirac’s brilliantly original mind. A compelling human story, The Strangest Man also depicts a spectacularly exciting era in scientific history.


About Graham Farmelo

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Graham Farmelo is a Senior Research Fellow at the Science Museum, London, and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University. He lives in London, England.
Published August 25, 2009 by Basic Books. 562 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction

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Along with Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli and Schrödinger, Paul Dirac (1902–1984) was a giant of 20th-century physics, and this rich, satisfying biography does him justice.

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The biography of a physicist with an almost supernatural affinity for his field and a curious lack of connection to society.

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New York Journal of Books

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Unlike the author of the latest biography about the physicist, Paul Dirac, I actually had dinner with Professor Dirac, and his wife, in 1975.

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Dirac made vast contributions to the field of physics -- among them, the prediction of antimatter -- but was a socially elusive, difficult person to know.

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