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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Start reading The Strangest Man on your Kindle in under a minute. But if you look at the way he treated, for example, his theory of the monopole. Being a physicist, I was a little disappointed on that score.

Proudly powered by WordPress. Read it to appreciate the people who laid the foundation of quantum mechanics. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Hardcoverpages. And I simply had to put that in because I had to admit that I had been little bit patronizing, here I thought with this stuff, none of it came to [any]thing, and there we are. This biography provides vivid insights not only into the life and personality of the Nobel-prize syrangest P.

It’s a process, created by various people, of different personalities and views, having simple and genial ideas, making blunt mistakes, and having life besides science even Dirac. I don’t believe there is a single equation in the book. Actually that’s Dirac in a talkative mood. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. After all, it’s merely speculation. A text book that Dirac wrote in on quantum mechanics strangesst still in print and used today.


I just wanted to ask your guest. Quantum mechanics underpins all of solid-state electronics – everything that makes modern computers, phones and the world wide web function would not be possible mam it.

Many people could write about the science. This is sloppy, well outside his area of expertise, and most importantly wholly unnecessary to the argument he is trying to make that Dirac may have been autistic which is already somewhat speculative. Dirac’s life is entwined with many of the legends of modern physics, all of whom were caught up to some degree in the rise of Hitler, WWII, and the Cold War.

He joins me now to talk about it. Is this feature helpful? It deserves 5 stars for making Dirac its sole focus and for the portrayal of his personal life. Monday 31 December You have a section, a very small scene in the book between Feynman and Dirac, and let’s actually perform that. He didn’t have that many, you know?

I felt that, up until the afterward, the author had made an extremely compelling case that Dirac was solidly on the spectrum. Often people say, the more you read Dirac….

It wasn’t even in the first edition of my book. But, thing is that when tsrangest tried to use beauty as his lodestar, there are very few examples, right, where that was successful.

If he had a video, apparently he would have watched it all the time. Well, I think the picture you’re talking about is – was taken in Poland. The book was quite long but I could not put it down until it was finished. I mean, Dirac if you like, is my “grand project”; it’s the thing I really wanted to do. And he was very impressed with Ed Witten’s work…. For the rest of his career, Dirac took the attitude that there was something fundamentally wrong with QFT, and this may be why he stopped making fundamental contributions to it.


The subject emerges as a giant for me now, even though I little understand the intricacies of what he did. Doctors use positron emission tomography PET to see inside their patient’s brains and hearts without the need for surgery.

There’s a famous picture of Richard Feynman and Dirac outside of, I think, one of the institutes of physics in France, if he knew what the circumstances were of that picture?

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What I wrote is by no means intended as a comprehensive list. Oh, you think that these – the experiments will find something there, do you think? When it comes to Dirac himself – it’s a moving example of a person, who may look as cold and devoid of emotions, but in fact is a loving father, loyal friend defending the imprisoned P.

Sometimes when authors include that much detail, they are adding detail for detail’s sake. For a man who always worked in the most sophisticated scientific hubs his adult life, Tallahassee seems a strange place to end up, but he was a strange man.

The Strangest Man: the Hidden Life of Paul Dirac by Graham Farmelo – review

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May 1, at 8: Also, give us an accurate view through his achievements in quantum physics. It’s a great story, but it’s missing an important dimension.