The Strangest Man : The hidden life of Paul Dirac, quantum genius

Author(s): Graham Farmelo


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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One of the most acclaimed and fascinating science biographies of recent times.

Winner of Costa Biography Award 2009.

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.

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  • : 9780571222865
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : November 2009
  • : 198mm X 126mm X 35mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2013
  • : books

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  • : Graham Farmelo
  • : Paperback
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  • : 530.092
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