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Chandra: A Biography of S. Chandrasekhar (Centennial Publications of The University of Chicago Press) Paperback – 15 Oct 1992
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Chandra is an intimate portrait of a highly private and brilliant man, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a Nobel laureate in physics who has been a major contributor to the theories of white dwarfs and black holes. "Wali has given us a magnificent portrait of Chandra, full of life and color, with a deep understanding of the three cultures--Indian, British, and American--in which Chandra was successively immersed...I wish I had the job of reviewing this book for the New York Times rather than for Physics Today. If the book is only read by physicists, then Wali's devoted labors were in vain."--Freeman Dyson, Physics Today "An enthralling human document."--William McCrea, Times Higher Education Supplement "A dramatic, exuberant biography of one of the century's great scientists."--Publishers Weekly
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Chandra is an intimate portrait of a highly private and brilliant man, Subrahmanyan Chandraesekhar, a Nobel Laureate in physics who has been a major contributor to the theories of white dwarfs and black holes.See all Product description
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If I were to pick 3 books that influenced me the most in life, this book would be in that list. Thank you Dr.Wali.
I am happy to say that while he was alive, I wrote to him extolling his virtues (probably embarrassing him) and received in return a reply from him with the University of Chicago Astronomy Department envelop and above the envelope in pencil, the words "SC". Inside the envelope was a lecture he delivered at the university on General Relativity and the words "I hope this finds some of the information you were looking for", once again in pencil. It was not a great or neat handwriting but rather that of a wizard scrawled on paper his words and muted response of my gushing note. Modesty, would you say? Well, I was a mere 25 year old. I was thrilled to receive such a letter and felt like I was acknowledged by God. Since all those years (I received the note in 1993), I have lost the envelope, one of my greatest losses ever!!!
Wali is lucky to have spent so many hours interviewing such a person. His book is well written and should belong in continual circulation.
They don't make men like Chandra anymore.