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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And he was sort of all the butt of jokes among physicists about, you know, being Dirac-like? Unverified psychological speculation aside, Strangrst Strangest Man is the extremely well researched story of the life of Paul Dirac, one of the fathers of quantum mechanics, and arguably one of the most brilliant physicists of all time.

He would always return to his quantum field theory to try to eliminate the many infinities that plagued it. However, being British, I was naturally inclined towards British physicists, and there was no more esteemed British theoretical physicist than Paul Dirac, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in together with Erwin Schroedingerand at the time was the youngest person ever to have won that strangwst.

I could swear I’ve now read three, but starngest only other one I can think of is the ‘autobiography’ of the former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, which I read when I was about twelve. When a layman asked him what caused the big bang, Dirac replied that it was a meaningless question and refused syrangest speak any further on the subject.

You leave the book with a bit of a love for mathematics which is w Very thorough.

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Yes, I’m fortunate enough to be a visitor at the Institute for the summer. In fact, he didn’t know much about teaching. Finally there is the story of a man, his scientific achievements, his distant personality, his upbringing in a dysfun There are many stories in The Strangest Man.

And it’s the same thing incidentally; his loyalty is extraordinary, absolutely extraordinary. However, being British, I was naturally incli I enjoyed this book even more than I had expected to.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The LNH remains an extraordinary idea. If you go and talk, you read his letters, you talk to people who knew him well, Dirac had lots of interest.


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I do however have a much better grasp of the parts of the key players in the development of quantum mechanics, in particular of course the part of the endearing Mr Dirac. But if you go through it systematically…. Somehow this silent, solemn, young beanpole earns the enthusiastic friendship and admiration of vibrant and merrymaking geniuses such as Bohr himself, Robert Oppenheimer, Werner Heisenberg, George Gamow, Peter Kapitza and so dirc, without, apparently, initiating reciprocal entertainment or conversation.

Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of RealityI was interested to find out why Dirac seem This biography provides vivid insights not only into the life and personality of the Nobel-prize co-winner P.

Absolutely and he kept doing it, too. One of Einstein’s most admired dirxc, he helped discover quantum mechanics, and his prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics.

And that and knowing that he have this rather opaque life that didn’t seem to make any sense, I thought it was a challenge to try to bring the life of this fantastic physicist….

And I was just fascinated at how these, works of great beauty and how his conception of physics emerged from this very humble beginning. Yes, absolutely, read this book. He would introduce Manci as, “This is Wigner’s sister.

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

The biography by Farmelo does a great job evoking Dirac’s approach to physics, the thinking behind his many successes the Dirac equation, the prediction of teh, showing that magnetic monopoles result in the quantization of electric charge, the idea of the pa Out of all the physicists who developed quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, Dirac is my favorite.

I personally – obviously it’s difficult to talk about somebody who’s dead. But he was doing really first grade work. I wanted to know what was the last thing Paul Stranyest was working on, like his last publication or his last science paper.

And Dirac had strangsst very happy retirement in Tallahassee. He was famous to his colleagues, but the public knew nothing about him.

These discoveries involve no experiment, no apparatus and no observation that ever spontaneously troubled a layman. I mean, Dirac is like all really great minds. I’ve seen many nice reviews of this book and, inspired by the marvellous “Surely You’re Joking, Mr.


One of the great compliments he thought he was paying his daughter was to tell her that strangst thought she looked like Cher. Throughout the book, Dirac’s work and his unusual personality is explored, with his reservedness, apparent lack of empathy, and relentless literal-mindedness leading way to several humorous anecdotes.

A misguided concept of beauty held progress back for years. Dirac’s life is entwined with many of the legends of modern physics, all of whom were caught up to some degree in the rise of Hitler, WWII, and the Cold War. The author does an exceptional job of trying to capture what Dirac was all about — a very difficult thing to accomplish given Dirac’s lack of responsiveness.

When it comes to Dirac himself – it’s a moving example of a person, who may look as cold and devoid of emotions, but in fact is a loving father, loyal friend defending syrangest imprisoned P.

He also developed the Dirac equation which is the basis of particle physics. David Peat, Glimpsing Reality,p. Besides the history of an important part of physics, and its historical background including the rise of Nazism and Stalinism, WWII and later – Cold War one can clearly see that science is not a dry product, polished from its very beginning.

And yet this book races along. And it’s only today that we’ve – if you like, we dramatize it in retrospect.

Physicist Paul Dirac Is ‘The Strangest Man’

I mean, but when I look back after several years of research and looked at all the evidence, then in my view, you take the definition of autism, the medical definition of autism, and you compare it to every single aspect of his behavior, then I would say the evidence is very compelling that Dirac is – or was a classic example of someone who is autistic. I mean, he was a hero, as he was to the greats of 20th century physics.

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