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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Apr 04, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: I once asked Dirac how he invented the Dirac Equation. I recommend it highly! When Einstein recommends you as his first choice to appointment at the Institute for Advanced Studies, you know you’re of some value as a scientist. He discovered that way back in I wanted to know what was the last thing Syrangest Dirac was working on, like his last publication or his last science paper.

I only have some minor criticisms of the book, which are merely to do with its production and organization: Both made the same predictions of energy levels but used different approaches. Well, the short answer is foolishness. But then, it was arranged mqn there would be this great conflict between Einstein and Newton over the bending of starlight.

Inin the same paper where he predicted the anti-electron, he set out a quantum theory of the single magnetic pole called the magnetic monopole. And he did not, he really left, as I say, no stone unturned to get Kapitza released.


I mean, Dirac if you like, is my “grand project”; it’s the thing I really wanted to do.

That way, I could have avoided keeping that extra finger in the notes section, and avoided wasting time looking at abstract source references I didn’t care about.

We can see that even he, a great scientist, had have errors in physics. Sounds farfetched but he really believed that was the way forward; that was the philosophy he set out in his great paper, the one with the monopole and antimatter in it. This biography provides vivid insights not only into the life and personality of the Nobel-prize co-winner P.

He also developed the Dirac equation which is the basis of particle physics. I have to disagree as well that Dirac was spent in the 30s.

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Besides the history of an important part of physics, and its historical background including the rise of Nazism and Stalinism, WWII and later ths Cold War one can clearly see that science is not a dry product, hte from its very beginning. He would always return to his te field theory to try to eliminate the many infinities that plagued it. That starngest because life is what we make of it; dkrac science goes its own sweet way.

Archived from the original on 4 July Jan 04, Terry rated it really liked it Shelves: But, you are absolutely right to say, the mathematics he was using, there was not in any way similar to the stuff that string theories now use. But taken stramgest a whole, if you look at his behavior, and I did -honestly, I did not start out the book thinking that he was autistic.


I suspect I’m not too unusual in this. Often people say, the more you read Dirac…. And that was such a success that they decided that he should be given the Nobel Prize in Dec 20, Angus Mcfarlane rated it really liked it Shelves: Many people could write about the science. Feb 22, Jashan Singhal rated it really liked it. The surplus of matter of antimatter at the beginning of the universe is still not understood and thousands of physicists are working to understand it.

By comparing the decays of particles with those of their antiparticles, experimenters hoped to get to the bottom of the matter-antimatter imbalance. You leave the book with a bit of a love for mathematics which is w Very thorough.

Well, I have to say, I wouldn’t say he was humorless. I don’t believe there is a single equation in the book.

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

The author offers infrequent but insightful opinion. I just wanted to ask your guest. I’ve read very few biographies.

It is hard to rate a book that is as rich in personal detail as it is empty in dieac about method and science. However, being British, I was naturally incli I enjoyed this book even more than I had expected to.

However, I didn’t really know the details.