Helge Kragh Dirac: A Scientific Biography

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Dirac: A Scientific Biography

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This first full-length biography of Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac offers a comprehensive account of his physics in its historical context, including less known areas such as cosmology and classical electron theory. It is based extensively on unpublished sources, including Dirac's correspondence with Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli, Schrödinger, Gamow and others. Dirac was undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and influential physicists of the twentieth century. Between 1925 and 1934, the Nobel Prize laureate revolutionized physics with his brilliant contributions to quantum theory. This work examines Dirac's successes and failures, and pays particular attention to his opposition to modern quantum electrodynamics; an opposition based on aesthetic objections.

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Paul Dirac was one of the most brilliant physicists of the twentieth century. Between 1925 and 1934 this Nobel Laureate revolutionized physics with his contributions to quantum theory. This biography offers an account of his life and presents his physics in a historical context, including known areas such as cosmology and classical electron theory.

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"...a delightful and instructive evocation of a remarkable human being by way of a judicious and documented passage downstream following the flow of modern physics." Scientific American

"...an important, highly professional contribution to the history of quantum theory." Science

"The entire biography is harmonic and a very interesting work created from previously unpublished documents." Physics in Canada

"One of the valuable features of Kragh's fine if impersonal biography is that he dispels the myths surrounding Dirac and paints a portrait that clearly indicates Dirac's limitations without diminishing his greatness." Physics Today

"This `scientific biography' should be widely read by physicists." Walter J. Moore, American Historical Review

"The text has accounts of his life and extraordinary character with outlines of his achievements skilfully interwoven." N. Kemmer, Nature

"...will be most appreciated by those readers already acquainted with the relevant physics and, moreover, something of its historical development." Peter R. Law, Mathematical Reviews

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