Dirac: A Scientific Biography

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Cambridge University Press, 30 mar 1990 - 389 pagine
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and influential physicists of the twentieth century. Between 1925 and 1934, this Nobel Laureate revolutionized physics with his contributions to quantum theory. This book, the first full length biography of Dirac, offers a comprehensive account of his life and presents his physics in its historical context, including known areas such as cosmology and classical electron theory. The author examines Dirac's successes and failures, and pays particular attention to Dirac's opposition to modern quantum electrodynamics - an opposition based on aesthetic objections. This book, which draws extensively from unpublished sources, including Dirac's correspondence with Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli, Schr÷dinger, Gamow, and other physicists, is a history of modern physics as seen through one scientist's career.
 

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Early years
1
Discovery of quantum mechanics
14
Relativity and spinning electrons
48
Travels and thinking
67
The socalled quantum electrodynamics
87
Qaunta and fields
118
Fifty years of a physicists life
151
The socalled quantum electrodynamics
165
The purest soul
247
Philosophy in physics
260
The principle of mathematical beauty
275
Dirac bibliometrics
293
Bibliography of P A M Dirac
304
Notes and references
315
General bibliography
364
Index of names
383

Electrons and ether
189
Just a disappointment
205
Adventures in cosmology
223

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