Physics

10 Things You Might Not Know About Paul Dirac

1. Paul Dirac (1902-1984), the English theoretical physicist, was forced to learn French. To teach his children the language, Dirac's…

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Werner Heisenberg

1. The physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) was born on December 5, 1901, in Wurzburg, Germany. As a child, he played…

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Einstein’s Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

Ohanian’s book begins by presenting Albert Einstein as a young graduate student seeking a university appointment before accepting a discouraging…

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Newton’s Gift: How Sir Isaac Newton Unlocked the System of the World

In our dumbed-down age, when even the most grounded scientific theory is often distrusted by too many, it may be…

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Erwin Schrödinger

1. Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961), was an accomplished translator and translated several works of literature from French and Italian into German,…

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Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius

Einstein and Oppenheimer examines the lives of two of the 20th century’s most consequential physicists. The book is not a…

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It’s About Time: Understanding Einstein’s Relativity

"Relativity is about time. What could be more familiar?" Thus states Mermin on the first page of his book. Familiar…

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Galileo Galilei

1. Contrary to popular belief, the “father of modern science,” Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), did not invent the telescope. The telescope’s…

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Stephen Hawking: A Biography

Kristine Larsen begins her biography of Stephen Hawking with a central question: how has a theoretical physicist known for “esoteric…

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Galileo’s Mistake: A New Look at the Epic Confrontation between Galileo and the Church

Wade Rowland, the author of Galileo's Mistake, characterizes the trial of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition in 1633 as a…

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