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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When people of the stature of Oppenheimer and Feynman are in awe of you, you know you must be worthy of something. So he had to tell people, you know, this was my time, now it’s your time. I also agree with another reviewer who commented on the danger of spreading the misconception that autistic people lack empathy, or that all autistic people are alike. Well, I think the picture you’re talking about is – was taken in Poland. This flaw really damages strangeat could have been a definitive biography.

I found Paul Dirac fascinating from the start and generally love even mediocre scienc Paul Dirac is part of a cadre of theoreticians for whom I have immense respect and admiration despite knowing nothing of the meat of their work.

Dirac later confessed that his dread of such an outcome was so intense that he was ‘too scared’ to use it to make detailed predictions of the energy levels of atomic hydrogen – a test that he knew it had to pass. In a new biography, Graham Farmelo digs deep ma the archives and personal papers of a little-known Diraf physicist.


Towards the end, I started to feel like Farmelo focused a bit too much on the narrative arc of Dirac’s life: Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation.

I mean, lines like, “if you don’t understand what it’s like to come from a family like mine, you’d never understand me. But he never got the celebrity that Einstein did.

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Which brings me to my only really substantive criticism of this book. Read it to enjoy a good story about a thoroughly unique individual. He didn’t like to be photographed. But he did love beautiful women.

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

So you could argue, as I say at the end of the book, you could argue, that Dirac’s obdurate, [his] stubborn resistance to the modern quantum electrodynamics was validated by the fact that there was perhaps a theory without those infinities lying ahead.

When quizzed about his achievements and their significance, he declines to explain, saying that quantum theories are built ,an “from physical concepts which cannot be explained in words at all”. This timing then placed Dirac in a position to develop one strwngest the most influential branches of physics ever: These are always likely to intrude in a work of this size and breadth. But what is most remarkable about the story of antimatter is that human beings first understood and perceived it not through sight, smell, taste and touch, but through the purely theoretical reasoning inside Dirac’s head.

Paul Dirac won a Nobel prize for physics.

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Find your own idea. The Man and his Work. All in all, however, this is an extremely good book. Strangeest by Vision, Broken by War.


strngest I have to disagree as well that Dirac was spent in the 30s. So you could say that Dirac was validated there in that we – that his hatred of those infinities is borne out by having a theory now that is finite.

Look what happens to people when they get married Farmelo discusses a bit the question of why Dirac never later achieved the same mqn of success after the dramatic initial period of his career. I enjoyed this book even more than I had expected to.

And amn did not, he really left, as I say, no stone unturned to get Kapitza released. In it Dirac was trying to interpret the electron as a charged conducting surface, with the muon an excited state. Part 2 of 2. He was there, and part of the conversation, at the time when Bohr and Einstein debated the philosophy of quantum mechanics and the math that underlies it – a case study in Davies book [Why Beliefs Matter].

I thought that I would simply go through the, you know, material in the books. However, and this is the aspect of the book that bothered me most, whenever Farmelo, who himself has a PhD in physics, describe Dirac’s work, he practically glossed over it.

He’s what they call a “theorist’s theorist”. This work led to what would be considered his greatest achievement, the Dirac Equation.