Abraham Pais is the acclaimed author of the definitive biographies of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, two of the twentieth century's greatest scientists. As a distinguished theoretical physicist himself, he was also acquainted with many of the other influential scientists of his time. In this new book, Pais turns his attention to 14 other scientists, all distinguished in their own right, but who had appeared as the supporting cast to his previous biographies. We meet, among others, the famously taciturn Paul Dirac; Max Born, who coined the term 'quantum mechanics'; Wolfgang Pauli, famed for his exclusion principle and known as the conscience of twentieth-century physics; Mitchell Feigenbaum, inventor of chaos theory; and John von Neumann, one of the most influential mathematicians of the century. In addition, and because their work is so relevant to the others discussed, Pais has included chapters on Einstein and Bohr, in each case giving the essence of the man's character and scientific achievement. In each case, Pais presents a blend of the personality and achievements of the scientist, assisted by his deep knowledge of physics and his personal acquaintance with the subject. The result is a unique and illuminating collection of portraits that sheds light on both their personalities and their work and lasting influence on science. It will be read by all those with an interest in the development of science in the twentieth century, from relativity to chaos theory.
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0198506147
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2000. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: An eminent physicist and acclaimed science biographer profiles 12 of the 20th century's leading scientists. The result is a who's who of physicists, their work, and their lasting influence. 30 halftones. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0198506147
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0198506147
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110198506147