Peter Freund

A Passion for Discovery

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This fascinating 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.
Author's webpage: http://freund9.googlepages.com/peterfreundwritings.
Contents:Einstein
Once RemovedThe Conscience of PhysicsThe Language of GodOswald Teichmüller and Nazi ScienceScientists in PoliticsJews in Science. The BacklashStalin and the QuantumOppenheimer, Hero or Antihero?On and Off the Map: Romanian MathematicsA Brief History of Spaceas well as chapters on Richard Feynman, E C G Stueckelberg, Emmy Noether, Andrei Sakharov, and othersReadership: Primarily general readers, and particularly theoretical physicists, mathematicians and high energy experimental physicists.
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278 printed pages
Original publication
2007

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