Using an original approach, Mauro Dardo recounts the major achievements of twentieth-century physics--including relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, the invention of the transistor and the laser, superconductivity, binary pulsars, and the Bose-Einstein condensate--as each emerged. His year-by-year chronicle, biographies and revealing personal anecdotes help bring to life the main events since the first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901. The work of the most famous physicists of the twentieth century--including the Curies, Bohr, Heisenberg, Einstein, Fermi, Feynman, Gell-Mann, Rutherford, and Schrodinger--is presented, often in the words and imagery of the prize-winners themselves. Mauro Dardo is Professor of Experimental Physics at Amedeo Avogadro University. He has served as Dean of the new Faculty of Sciences at the University of Turin in Alessandria, Piedmont, and has also served as Director of the university's new department of Sciences and Advanced Technologies.
'Noble endeavours and Nobel prizes appear in this exploration of modern physics through the people who discovered it.' NewScientist Dardo has been remarkably successful in assembling a year-by-year survey of 20th century physics and its geniuses within 500 pages, well illustrated by many small historic, often informal, pictures and some helpful diagrams. ... dipping into a chapter is a delight that yields an absorbing read and readily leads one via cross-referencing to descriptions of both earlier and later achievements and Laureates.' Contemporary Physics