Physicists on Wall Street and Other Essays on Science and Society / Edition 1

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Over the years, Jeremy Bernstein has rubbed elbows with many of the world's most renowned physicists and other scientists, many of whom were involved in politics, literature, and language. In this diverse collection of essays, he reflects on their work, their personal relationships, their motives, and their contributions. Even for those people he writes about that he did not know personally, he provides important insights into their lives and work, and questions their character, their decisions, and the lives they led.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387765051
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Many readers will recognize Bernstein (Cranks, Quarks & the Cosmos, LJ 1/93) as the noted science essayist for the New Yorker for the past 30 years. He has also contributed essays to Scientific American and The Atlantic Monthly. He wrote A Theory for Everything (Copernicus, 1996) which collected some of his essays as well as Hitler's Uranium Club 2e (Copernicus, 1996) and Secrets of the Old One: Einstein, 1905 (Springer, 2006).

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Table of Contents

About the Author v Preface vii Acknowledgments ix Part I Economists
1 Options 3
2 Black-Scholes 9
3 The Rise and Fall of the Quants 15 Part II Scientists
4 Heisenberg in Poland 25
5 The Orion 35
6 Tales from South Africa 43
7 A Nuclear Supermarket 47
8 Ottavio Baldi: The Life and Times of Sir Henry Wotton 57 Part III Linguists
9 The Spencers of Althorp and Sir William Jones: A Love Story 73
10 All That Glitters 87
11 In a Word, "Lions" 107 Part IV Fiction and Stranger than Fiction
12 The Pianist, Fiction and Non-fiction 113
13 Rocket Science 121
14 The Science of Michel Thomas 133
15 Topology 147
16 What the #$*!? 155 Author's Note About "Beating the System" 159 Index 169
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