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Directions in Physics Hardcover – May 1978

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5 Lectures by one of the most renowned physicist ever! 24 Jun 2000
By Geert Jansen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Directions in Physics" constist of edited transcripts of 5 lectures given by Professor Dirac when he was visiting Australia and New Zealand in 1975.
The five lectures are about:
1. The development of quantum mechanics.
2. Quantum electrodynamics.
3. Magnetic monopoles.
4. A positive energy, relativistic wave equation.
5. Cosmology and the gravitational constant.
In my opinion, Dirac is one of the greatest physicist ever. This book gives a unique insight his way of doing science, in which mathematical beauty plays an important role.
Lecture #1 is also very nice because Dirac has experienced much of the development of quantum mechanics himself, making him an authority on the area.
An amazing Read 31 Dec 2013
By peter intrieri - Published on
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P.A.M. Dirac is the most interesting character I have ever read. He , at least, is not afraid to predict a magnetic monopole and determine that its mass is about the mass of a Thorium atom (232+). And the read by Graham Farmelo on the "Strangest Man" is a window into this great mind.
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