Imagining the Elephant: A Biography of Allan Macleod Cormack

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Imagining the Elephant is a biography of Allan MacLeod Cormack, a physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his pioneering contributions to the development of the computer assisted tomography (CAT) scanner, an honour he shared with Godfrey Hounsfield. A modest genius who was also a dedicated family man, the book is a celebration of Cormack's life and work. It begins with his ancestral roots in the far north of Scotland, and then chronicles his birth and early years in South Africa, his ...
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Overview

Imagining the Elephant is a biography of Allan MacLeod Cormack, a physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his pioneering contributions to the development of the computer assisted tomography (CAT) scanner, an honour he shared with Godfrey Hounsfield. A modest genius who was also a dedicated family man, the book is a celebration of Cormack's life and work. It begins with his ancestral roots in the far north of Scotland, and then chronicles his birth and early years in South Africa, his education at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Cambridge University, and his subsequent academic appointments at UCT and Tufts University in Boston, USA. It details his discovery of the problem at Cape Town in 1956, traces his scientific footsteps all the way to Stockholm in December 1979, and then extends the odyssey to his pursuits beyond the Nobel Prize.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781860949883
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2008
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xv
1 From John O'Groats to Jo'burg 1
2 On the Slopes of Table Mountain 23
3 Physics and Friends at Cambridge 53
4 Return to the Fairest Cape 91
5 A New Beginning in Boston 111
6 Finding Radon and his Transform 129
7 On the Road to Stockholm 151
8 Citizen of the World 181
9 At Home in Massachusetts 201 Appendix A Allan Cormack's Publications 217 Appendix B Nobel Lecture 223
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