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The last man who knew everything : the life and times of Enrico Fermi, father of the nuclear age

Author: David N Schwartz
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In December 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved a milestone in human history: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi, the father of the nuclear age. But as David N. Schwartz shows in this groundbreaking biography, Fermi's impact goes well beyond this epochal event. With his theory of beta decay and his development of quantum statistics, Fermi revolutionized  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Named Person: Enrico Fermi; Enrico Fermi; Enrico Fermi; Enrico Fermi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David N Schwartz
ISBN: 9780465072927 0465072925
OCLC Number: 982093361
Notes: "November 2017"--Title page verso.
Description: xxiii, 453 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Becoming Fermi : --
Prodigy --
Pisa --
Germany and Holland --
Quantum breakthroughs --
Of geckos and men --
Part II: The Rome years : --
Family life --
The Rome School --
Beta rays --
Goldfish --
Physics as soma --
The Nobel Prize --
Part III: The Manhattan Project : --
The New World --
Splitting the atom --
Fermi meets the Navy --
Piles of graphite --
The move to Chicago --
"We're cookin'!" --
Xenon-135 --
On a mesa --
An unholy Trinity --
Part IV: The Chicago years : --
Return to Chicago --
In the public eye --
A patent fight --
Brilliant teacher, beloved mentor --
Travels abroad --
Home to die --
Fermi's legacy.
Responsibility: David N. Schwartz.

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