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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Paul Dirac: “The Strangest Man” of Science, Part 2 – Scientific American

I mean, Dirac if you like, is my “grand project”; it’s the thing I really wanted to do. Dirac, as I said, predicted on the basis of beautiful mathematics, not on the basis of experiment, that there should exist this stuff called antimatter. Pages with related products. And there was something about the way that Kubrick presented things visually that really appealed to him because of his own way of thinking visually, probably Farmelo: While this is certainly true, there is growing evidence that autism manifests slightly differently in women and gender non-conforming people, whether due to differences in socialization or for some other reason.

Paul Dirac: The man who conjured laws of nature from pure thought

Most biographies are driven by emotional narrative. Jan 17, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: I mean, he was a hero, as he was to the greats of 20th century physics. Very late in life he nan working on infinite dimensional representations of the Lorentz group.


So, he srangest in on the side of the extended representation of things like the electron. When pressed, he replied: It is however, easy to appreciate the magnitude of what he achieved, how he was rated by mentors, colleagues and juniors.

I mean, the key thing here, in my opinion, is that what Dirac believed more than anything ditac, right, is that beauty is the lodestar of fundamental theories of nature, that he really believed that fundamental theories advance from one to the next, each subsequent theory being more beautiful than the one that preceded it. He didn’t have that many, you know? Doctors use positron emission tomography PET to see inside their patient’s brains and hearts without the need for surgery.

While the science is mentioned, it is by no means necessary to have tye scientific understanding of what Dirac and others did to become such major figures. May 1, at 1: Please try again later.

To hear our interview with the Ravenmaster, go to www. But I knew that Paul Dirac was a “strange bird”, and that his father was a control freak who seriously damaged his son’s mental state during his formative years. It has to be admitted that in most hands and at some times in the development of science this approach can be dangerous.

Additionally, it was interesting to see how much pushback there was against having theorists predict particles e. I found Paul Dirac fascinating from the start and generally love even mediocre scienc Paul Dirac is part of a cadre of theoreticians for whom Msn have immense respect and admiration despite knowing nothing of the meat of their work.


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A great documentary work has been done for writing this biography, I’ve learned many interesting facts from it. But, if you ask me. However, Farmelo really should have let his prior words speak strahgest themselves. So I was amazed. This biography is a well constructed and complete narration of one of the greatest physicists to ever live.

Oh, my goodness gracious. Dirac just stood there.

As an adult he vowed never to speak French. But he changed slightly in his later years and on 7 May Dirac actually told Thomas Kuhn during an interview: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman I thought that I would simply go through the, you know, material in the books.

Sep 24, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: What he did correctly say was that the fundamental property of antimatter is that when you have, say, an electron and anti-electron, when you bring them together, they annihilate each other….