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Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam : A Life in Physics - John Archibald Wheeler

Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam

A Life in Physics

Paperback Published: 17th February 2000
ISBN: 9780393319910
Number Of Pages: 416

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He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity with his friend and colleague Albert Einstein. John Archibald Wheeler's fascinating life brings us face to face with the central characters and discoveries of modern physics. He was the first American to learn of the discovery of nuclear fission, later coined the term "black hole," led a renaissance in gravitation physics, and helped to build Princeton University into a mecca for physicists.From nuclear physics, to quantum theory, to relativity and gravitation, Wheeler's work has set the trajectory of research for half a century. His career has brought him into contact with the most brilliant minds of his field; Fermi, Bethe, Rabi, Teller, Oppenheimer, and Wigner are among those he called colleagues and friends. In this rich autobiography, Wheeler reveals in fascinating detail the excitement of each discovery, the character of each colleague, and the underlying passion for knowledge that drives him still.

"Hurry Up!"p. 11
The Manhattan Projectp. 36
Growing Upp. 65
I Become a Physicistp. 85
I Try My Wingsp. 103
An International Familyp. 123
Settling Downp. 144
Physics after Fissionp. 160
From Joe 1 to Mikep. 190
The Force of Gravityp. 228
Quantum Foamp. 246
Nature and Nationp. 264
The Black Holep. 289
Texas and the Universep. 304
It from Bitp. 323
The End of Timep. 344
Appreciationp. 359
Acknowledgmentsp. 361
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780393319910
ISBN-10: 0393319911
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 17th February 2000
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.72  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1