The Man and his Work
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- Abraham Pais, Rockefeller University, New York
- Maurice Jacob, Conseil Européen de Recherches Nucléaires, Geneva
- David I. Olive, University of Wales, Swansea
- Michael F. Atiyah, University of Edinburgh
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Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was one of the founders of quantum theory. He is numbered alongside Newton, Maxwell and Einstein as one of the greatest physicists of all time. Together the lectures in this volume, originally presented on the occasion of the dedication ceremony for a plaque honoring Dirac in Westminster Abbey, give a unique insight into the relationship between Dirac's character and his scientific achievements. The text begins with the dedication address given by Stephen Hawking at the ceremony. Then Abraham Pais describes Dirac as a person and his approach to his work. Maurice Jacob explains how Dirac was led to introduce the concept of antimatter, and its central role in modern particle physics and cosmology. This is followed by David Olive's account of the origin and enduring influence of Dirac's work on magnetic monopoles. Finally, Sir Michael Atiyah explains the deep and widespread significance of the Dirac equation in mathematics.Read more
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- Accessible insight into Dirac's life and work
- Dirac memorial address by Stephen Hawking
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"Readers will gain insight into Dirac's love of the beauty of nature, his interest in mountain climbing, his approach to mathematical physics, and his emphasis on beauty and simplicity." Optics & Photonoics NewsSee more reviews
"The overall thrust of the book is to increase the recognition of a brilliant theoretical physicist, whose solitary work habits and retiring manner have allowed him to be relatively neglected when compared with many of the other giants of 20th-century physics." Choice
"This small volume of four lectures delivered in Westminster Abbey during the dedication of a plaque in Dirac's honor captures the relation between his personality and his science via a mosaic of historical recollections and scientific reviews." American Scientist
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511823633
- contains: 28 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Preface Peter Goddard
Dirac memorial address Stephen Hawking
1. Paul Dirac: aspects of his life and work Abraham Pais
2. Antimatter Maurice Jacob
3. The monopole David Olive
4. The Dirac equation and geometry Michael F. Atiyah.
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