A Passion for Discovery

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Overview

This fascinating book assembles human stories about physicists and mathematicians. Remarkably, these stories cluster around some general themes having to do with the interaction between scientists, and with the impact of historic events - such as the advent of fascism and communism in the twentieth century - on scientists' behavior. Briefly, but lucidly, some of the beautiful science that brought these scientists together in the first place is explained.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812706461
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     v
Acknowledgments     xi
Einstein Once Removed     1
Heisenberg's Turn     7
A True Aristocrat     14
The Conscience of Physics     20
The Wizard of Pasadena     26
Back to Maupertuis     32
The Language of God     37
Emmy Noether and the Urge for the Abstract     43
Oswald Teichmuller and Nazi Science     51
Spontaneous Breakdown of Human Decency     58
Scientists in Politics     61
Jews in Science. The Backlash     69
Stalin and the Quantum     77
Mister Sakharov Goes to Kiev     82
Mr. Yang also Goes to Kiev     87
The Stone Age and the Fermi Era     94
The Serene Sensei     99
Oppenheimer, Hero or Antihero?     105
Viennese Physics, Then and Now     110
The Importance of a Sense of Humor     123
The Russian Style     129
Chandra, Passionate Cambridge Gentleman     134
On and Off the Map: Romanian Mathematics     143
Du cote de chez Telegdi, the Experimental Side     151
Leader of the Pack     160
New Dimensions     165
A Brief History of Space     173
The Coming Age     182
Epilogue: The Goal and the Means     184
Sources, Comments and Some More Stories Masquerading as Comments     192
Index     211
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