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Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics Hardcover – 6 Jan 1999
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An elegantly written, enthralling account of the gravity man. -- New Scientist
Part history, part physics lecture, it's a highbrow hoot. -- Washington Post Book World
John Wheeler recalls a life centred upon the greatest discoveries and continuing mysteries of physics in his memoir named after three of the terms he coined. He worked with virtually every major physicist of the 20th century and his life brings us face to face with the central characters and discoveries of modern physics. From nuclear physics, to quantum theory, to relativity and gravitation, Wheeler's work has set the trajectory of research for half a century. Among those he has called colleagues and friends are Enrico Fermi, Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, Robert J. Oppenheimer and Eugene Wigner. In this autobiography, Wheeler reveals the excitement of each discovery, the character of each colleague and the underlying passion for knowledge that drives him still.
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Some of the more interesting features of his book include his discussions on gravity, on black holes (he coined the name), how nuclear reactors work, and of the famous scientists (including Einstein, Bohr, Feynmann, etc.).
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