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Ten Physicists Who Transformed Our Understanding of Reality Paperback – 8 Dec 2015
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"Ten Physicists Who Transformed Our Understanding of Reality" explores the top ten greatest physicists of the last 400 years, their most important discoveries, and how they built off of each other s work. Structured chronologically, the book will begin with Sir Isaac Newton in 1642 and proceed through Paul Dirac in 1902."
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The list, in chronological order, comprises: Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Curie, Rutherford, Einstein, Bohr, Dirac and Feynman. That is incontrovertible: having established the constituents of such a list the order of merit remains to be settled. Again, few would argue with Newton in first place and perhaps, Galileo in second? After all, it was he, amongst many other magnificent achievements, who championed Copernicus’s heliocentric view of the universe; and you’d be hard pushed to argue anything as fundamental as that. And so on and so on.
The arguments one way or another are fascinating in themselves and there is a concluding chapter that examines some of these. But it is the biographies of the leading players that really capture the romance of science at the cutting edge; potential solutions to the mysteries of existence formulated by remarkable individuals who, in a many cases, had to overcome serious adverse personal circumstances, in order to shed light amongst the darkness.
Apart from one or two caveats (e.g. the ‘throwing in’ of neutrinos with no prior intro!) this book can be thoroughly recommended to those with or without a science background: engaging, informative, educative, entertaining and thrilling. Not a lot more one could ask of a read.
Another reason it doesn't quite hit the spot is that there is no bibliography or suggestions for further reading which seems a bit strange as by its nature this book can hardly offer definitive biographies of the 10 subjects. I would like to have seen some sort of guide as to such books.
Thirdly the book is really just a historical overview of what the physicists did and don't really educate the reader as to WHY the 10 transformed our understanding of reality as the sub-title would have it. Basically there is very little science in the book - which may be a boon for some readers but not me.
There are some redeeming features however. The authors accept that lists are ripe for debate and the "top" 10 will not be to everyone's taste and this is discussed in a chapter devoted to the topic.
Also, the pen pictures are quite amusing with some decent anecdotes but one is still left wishing for more.
Thirdly, the book has Richard Feynman in it and as he's a hero of mine - well that's worth a star on its own.
All in all not a bad book but there are many better general science books out there that are better written and more informative