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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography, 12 Aug. 2011
This review is from: The Strangest Man: The hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius (Paperback)
This is an excellent biography of a major theoretical phycisist in the development of quantum mechanics.

The emphasis in this book is on Paul Dirac the person, and his encounters with his peers in Europe and elsewhere. It is fascinating, nicely written and really gets under the skin of the man and his relationships. It is also a compassionate, sympathetic book by an author who appears to like his subject but does not shy away from his quirks and foibles. The book provides insight into his mind, friends and family.

Writing a book like this is tricky. How much science and scientific ideas does one give? Too much will discourage many readers of what is a fascinating story, too little will frustrate the informed reader. For me, this book falls on the latter side and those who want clear, accessable and informative accounts of his science will be disappointed. However, the emphasis on this book is of a bigraphy of a scientist rather than a biographical account of his science; there is no pretence to be something it is not.

For me, I would like a little more science and would award four stars. However, it is so well written and so enthralling that I cannot deny it five. You can give this book to your non-phycisist friends with confidence that they can read and enjoy it.
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