The Genius of Science
A Portrait GalleryBook - 2000
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 thisnew 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, famedfor 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 hasincluded 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 thesubject. 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 chaostheory.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2000.
Branch Call Number: 509.22 P149
Characteristics: 356 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Portrait gallery of twentieth-century physicists