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Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac : Reminiscences about a Great Physicist - Behram N. Kursunoglu

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac

Reminiscences about a Great Physicist

By: Behram N. Kursunoglu (Editor), Eugene Paul Wigner (Editor)

Paperback Published: 25th June 1990
ISBN: 9780521386883
Number Of Pages: 316

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In this memorial volume, twenty-four of Dirac's closest friends, colleagues and contemporaries remember him with affection. Dirac, who died in 1984, was unquestionably one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century. The book describes his human side, with many anecdotes about the man with a reputation for silence. His immense influence on modern physics is surveyed in chapters written by eminent scientists. Dirac was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933 at the age of thiry-one. His tremendous contributions to the field included his prediction of the magnetic moment and antiparticles as well as the spin of the electron. His formulations of the quantum field theory, statistics of particles and fields, his work on gravitational waves, and his prediction of magnetic monopoles stand as monuments to his originality and deep understanding of natural phenomena. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the development of quantum theory or in Paul Dirac.

Portrait
List of contributors
A memorial to P. A. M. Dirac
Preface
Chronology
Human Side
Thinking of my darling
Dirac in coral gables
Recollections of Paul Dirac at Florida State University
My association with Professor
What Paul Dirac meant in my life
Dirac's way
An experimenter's view of P. A. M. Dirac
Dirac at the University of Miami
Remembering Paul Dirac
More Scientific Ideas
Another side to Paul Dirac
Playing with equations, the Dirac way
Paul Dirac and Werner Heisenberg - a partnership in science
Dirac's magnetic monopole and the fine structure constant
Magnetic monopoles and the halos of galaxies
The inadequacies of quantum field theory
Dirac and the foundation of quantum mechanics
Influenced and Inspired by Association
At the feet of Dirac
Reminiscences of Paul Dirac
From relativistic quantum theory to the human brain
Dirac in 1962, weak and gravitational radiation interactions
Schr├Ědinger's cat
Dirac and finite field theories
Dirac's influence on unified field theory
Index
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ISBN: 9780521386883
ISBN-10: 0521386888
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 25th June 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52