The Strangest Man

So this is a book I dare to recommend before having read it myself (but purchased it immediately).
I am very interested in the history of physics, in particular in the history of early quantum mechanics dominated by Europeans, probably because I had the chance to learn Theoretical Physics from one of Heisenberg’s PhD students, Wilhelm Macke.

In the Dark

Since getting rid of my telly a few weeks ago I’ve reverted to a previous incarnation as a bookworm, and have been tackling the backlog of unread volumes sitting on my coffee table at home. Over the last couple of days I’ve spent the evenings reading The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo, a biography of the great theoretical physicist Paul Dirac.

I’m actually quite ashamed that it has taken me so long to get around to reading this. I’ve had it for two years or more and really should have found time to do it before now. Dirac has long been one of my intellectual heroes, for his unique combination of imagination and mathematical rigour; the Dirac equation is one of the topics I most enjoy lecturing about to physics students. I am also immensely flattered to be one of his academic descendants: Paul Dirac was the PhD…

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