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The Strangest Man
The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
by Graham Farmelo
- Language: english
- Characters: Paul Dirac
- Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
- Awards: Guardian First Book Award Nominee for Longlist (2009), PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Nominee (2010), Costa Book Award for Biography (2009), Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology (2009)
- Release date: August 1, 2009
- Author: Graham Farmelo
- ISBN: 9780465018277 (0465018270)
- Genres: biography, science, physics, history, mathematics
- Format: hardcover, 539 pages
About The Book
‘A monumental achievement — one of the great scientific biographies.’ Michael Frayn
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 leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in twentieth-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.
‘A wonderful book … Moving, sometimes comic, sometimes infinitely sad, and goes to the roots of what we mean by truth in science.’ Lord Waldegrave, Daily Telegraph
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