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Strange beauty : Murray Gell-Mann and the revolution in twentieth-century physics

Author: George Johnson
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"No contemporary scientist has done more to shape our understanding of the universe than Murray Gell-Mann, the Nobel Prize-winner many consider the most brilliant physicist of his generation. His discoveries of the quark and the Eightfold Way were cornerstones for all that has followed in particle physics, the effort to explain the very stuff of creation. In this first biography of Gell-Mann, George Johnson tells
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, George, 1952 Jan. 20-
Strange beauty.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999
(OCoLC)624469924
Named Person: Murray Gell-Mann; Murray Gell-Mann; Murray Gell-Mann
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Johnson
ISBN: 0679437649 9780679437642 0679756884 9780679756880
OCLC Number: 40821099
Awards: Shortlisted for Aventis Prizes for Science Books: General Prize 2001.
Description: x, 434 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue: on the Trail to La Vega --
A Hyphenated American: Czernowitz, Vienna, and New York City --
The Walking Encyclopedia: New York City and New Haven --
A Feeling for the Mechanism: Cambridge --
Village of the Demigods: Princeton --
The Magic Memory: Chicago --
"No Excellent Beauty": Chicago, Princeton, Paris, Urbana, Glasgow, Copenhagen, and Pisa --
A Lopsided Universe: Pasadena and Moscow --
Field of Dreams: Pasadena and Kiev --
The Magic Eightball: Paris, Entebbe, the Serengeti, Pasadena, and San Diego --
Holy Trinity: Geneva, Cambridge, New York, and Pasadena --
Aces and Quarks: Pasadena, Udaipur, Kyoto, Dubna, Kathmandu, and Sapporo --
The Swedish Prize: Pasadena, Princeton, and Stockholm --
Quantum Chromodynamics: Aspen, Pasadena, Geneva, and Paris --
Superphysics: Pasadena, Aspen, and Tesuque --
From the Simple to the Complex: Sant Feliu de Guixols, Pasadena, Lima, and Santa Fe --
The Quark and the Jaguar: Santa Fe, New York City --
Epilogue: Valentine's Day, 1997.
Responsibility: by George Johnson.
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"No contemporary scientist has done more to shape our understanding of the universe than Murray Gell-Mann, the Nobel Prize-winner many consider the most brilliant physicist of his generation. His discoveries of the quark and the Eightfold Way were cornerstones for all that has followed in particle physics, the effort to explain the very stuff of creation. In this first biography of Gell-Mann, George Johnson tells the story of a remarkable life."--BOOK JACKET.

"Particle physics is the most competitive of sports, and Johnson shows us the precocious polymath holding his own with giants like Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and Richard Feynman - Gel-Mann's favorite intellectual sparring partner and sometimes antagonistic rival. We see Gell-Mann the self-taught linguist (who couldn't resist correcting visitors on the pronunciation of their own names); Gell-Mann the birdwatcher and amateur archaeologist; Gell-Mann the Aspen socialite, world traveler, and environmental crusader."--BOOK JACKET.

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