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Pierre-Gilles De Gennes: A Life in Science Paperback – 4 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (4 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814355259
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814355254
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 22.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,328,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A well-deserved tribute to the life and work of an astonishingly versatile and inventive physicist, based on many conversations with him before his untimely death in 2007. --Vinay Ambegaokar, Cornell University

His very readable biography is peppered with anecdotes. It reads like a novel which gives the reader renewed optimism as to the potential of human adventure and fundamental research. --CERN Courier

The beautiful narration of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes provides a compelling and inspirational story of how hard work, disciplined self-learning, broad knowledge of literature, open-mindedness toward apparently different subjects and industrially relevant scientific challenges, and above all, a love of nature can lead to great achievements. Any young scientist seeking a role model from the modern era will find that individual in de Gennes as illuminated in Plévert's biography. --Physics Today

A Life in Science brings a sort of 'theatre backstage' to life: the scientist's personal life accompanies the 'stage action', made of years of scientific production. This biography does not hide lights and shadows in de Gennes's life, rendering a lively portrait of the man and of the scholar and fostering reflection in any scientist willing to follow de Gennes's path. --Contemporary Physics

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Best known outside the scientific community for the Nobel Prize in Physics he won in 1991, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes was exceptional amongst scientists for the breadth and depth of his contributions in multiple fields of physics. He was also uniquely foresighted in his desire to break down barriers within scientific disciplines and between fundamental and applied science. He was most willing to explain the nature and purpose of his work to society at large and to young people in particular.

Laurence Pl vert's fascinating work retraces the influences and experiences that moulded this complex, charismatic, charming and eclectic genius. It follows him from his unconventional childhood on the fringes of the old French aristocracy and in war-divided France, through his glittering school and early scientific career, up to the revolutionary breakthroughs in fields as diverse as superconductivity, liquid crystals, polymers and soft matter, culminating in the final consecration of the Nobel prize. We find a man with a ferocious passion not only for science, but for life in all its facets: art, music, sports, friendships and love. Constructed around exclusive interviews with the physicist, his family, friends and colleagues, this biography immerses us in the work and character of a truly remarkable figure, a Renaissance man of the 20th century.

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