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A tale of two continents : a physicist's life in a turbulent world

Author: Abraham Pais
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author of an immensely popular biography of Einstein, Subtle Is the Lord, Pais writes engagingly for a general audience. His "tale" describes his period of hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland (although he ended the war in a Gestapo prison) and his life in America, particularly at the newly organized Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, then directed by the brilliant and controversial physicist Robert  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Abraham Pais; Abraham Pais
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham Pais
ISBN: 0691012431 9780691012438
OCLC Number: 35762662
Description: xvi, 511 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Abraham Pais.
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The author of an immensely popular biography of Einstein, Subtle Is the Lord, Pais writes engagingly for a general audience. His "tale" describes his period of hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland (although he ended the war in a Gestapo prison) and his life in America, particularly at the newly organized Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, then directed by the brilliant and controversial physicist Robert Oppenheimer. Pais tells fascinating stories about Oppenheimer, Einstein, Bohr, Sakharov, Dirac, Heisenberg, and von Neumann, as well as about nonscientists like Chaim Weizmann, George Kennan, Erwin Panofsky, and Pablo Casals. His enthusiasm about science and life in general pervades a book that is partly a memoir, partly a travel commentary, and partly a history of science.

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