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Dirac : a scientific biography

Author: Helge Kragh
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first full length biography of Dirac, one of the most brilliant physicists of the twentieth century.

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: P A M Dirac; P A M Dirac; Paul A M Dirac
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helge Kragh
ISBN: 0521017564 9780521017565
OCLC Number: 71007046
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: x, 389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface; 1. Early years; 2. Discovery of quantum mechanics; 3. Relativity and spinning electrons; 4. Travels and thinking; 5. The dream of philosophers; 6. Quanta and fields; 7. Fifty years of a physicist's life; 8. 'The so-called quantum electrodynamics'; 9. Electrons and ether; 10. Just a disappointment; 11. Adventures in cosmology; 12. The purest soul; 13. Philosophy in physics; 14. The principle of mathematical beauty; Appendices; Bibliography of P. A. M. Dirac; Notes and references; General bibliography; Index of names; Index of subjects.
Responsibility: Helge Kragh.

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