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Author Freund, Peter G. O. (Peter George Oliver), 1936-

Title A passion for discovery / Peter Freund
Published New Jersey : World Scientific, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 221 pages)
Contents 1 Einstein Once Removed 1 -- 2 Heisenberg's Turn 7 -- 3 A True Aristocrat 14 -- 4 The Conscience of Physics 20 -- 5 The Wizard of Pasadena 26 -- 6 Back to Maupertuis 32 -- 7 The Language of God 37 -- 8 Emmy Noether and the Urge for the Abstract 43 -- 9 Oswald Teichmuller and Nazi Science 51 -- 10 Spontaneous Breakdown of Human Decency 58 -- 11 Scientists in Politics 61 -- 12 Jews in Science. The Backlash 69 -- 13 Stalin and the Quantum 77 -- 14 Mister Sakharov Goes to Kiev 82 -- 15 Mr. Yang also Goes to Kiev 87 -- 16 The Stone Age and the Fermi Era 94 -- 17 The Serene Sensei 99 -- 18 Oppenheimer, Hero or Antihero? 105 -- 19 Viennese Physics, Then and Now 110 -- 20 The Importance of a Sense of Humor 123 -- 21 The Russian Style 129 -- 22 Chandra, Passionate Cambridge Gentleman 134 -- 23 On and Off the Map: Romanian Mathematics 143 -- 24 Du cote de chez Telegdi, the Experimental Side 151 -- 25 Leader of the Pack 160 -- 26 New Dimensions 165 -- 27 A Brief History of Space 173 -- 28 The Coming Age 182 -- Epilogue: The Goal and the Means 184 -- Sources, Comments and Some More Stories Masquerading as Comments 192
Summary "This book assembles human stories about physicists and mathematicians. Remarkably, these stories cluster around some general themes having to do with the interaction between scientists, and with the impact of historic events such as the advent of fascism and communism in the twentieth century - on scientists' behavior. Briefly, but lucidly, some of the beautiful science that brought these scientists together in the first place is explained."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-210) and index
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Subject Mathematicians -- Anecdotes.
Physicists -- Anecdotes.
Genre/Form Anecdotes.
Anecdotes.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008531192
ISBN 1281911941
9781281911940
9789812772152 (electronic bk.)
9812772154 (electronic bk.)