Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics (2020)

Strange Beauty Murray Gell Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth Century Physics With a New Afterword Our knowledge of fundamental physics contains not one fruitful idea that does not carry the name of Murray Gell Mann Richard FeynmanAcclaimed science writer George Johnson brings
  • Title: Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
  • Author: George Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780679756880
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics
    With a New Afterword Our knowledge of fundamental physics contains not one fruitful idea that does not carry the name of Murray Gell Mann Richard FeynmanAcclaimed science writer George Johnson brings his formidable reporting skills to the first biography of Nobel Prize winner Murray Gell Mann, the brilliant, irascible man who revolutionized modern particle physics withWith a New Afterword Our knowledge of fundamental physics contains not one fruitful idea that does not carry the name of Murray Gell Mann Richard FeynmanAcclaimed science writer George Johnson brings his formidable reporting skills to the first biography of Nobel Prize winner Murray Gell Mann, the brilliant, irascible man who revolutionized modern particle physics with his models of the quark and the Eightfold Way Born into a Jewish immigrant family on New York s East 14th Street, Gell Mann s prodigious talent was evident from an early age he entered Yale at 15, completed his Ph.D at 21, and was soon identifying the structures of the world s smallest components and illuminating the elegant symmetries of the universe.Beautifully balanced in its portrayal of an extraordinary and difficult man, interpreting the concepts of advanced physics with scrupulous clarity and simplicity, Strange Beauty is a tour de force of both science writing and biography.
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    One Reply to “Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics”

    1. Johnson s biography of physicist Murray Gell Mann is an excellent scientific biography that explains the science deeply enough to be understandable one gets a good sense of the problems that Gell Mann and others were tackling and the challenges they faced in solving these problems but not so densely as to be unintelligible The book is also very good in portraying science as a meandering, stumbling, inexact process with dead ends and discoveries that were almost made and not as a clean straight l [...]

    2. What a strange species is the particle physicist Generally brilliant pretty much a requirement to work in the field at all , they also seem to get big helpings of eccentricity, bluntness, and arrogance Combine that with the intense competitiveness of the field along with the general weirdness that is modern particle theory and you get one of the unique sub cultures of our time The author does an excellent job of portraying not just Gell Mann, the subject of this biography, but also many of the [...]

    3. Murray Gell Mann won a Nobel prize in physics He and Richard Feynman were arguably the two greatest physicists of the 2nd half of the 20th century They were also colleagues, friends and rivals at Caltech.Gell Mann is also an expert on many other topics Linguistics, anthropology, birds, complexity and .And he is a perfectionist, a procrastinator, a show off he has a need to prove that he knows than you and he does know than you He could be kind and charming to graduate students and others who h [...]

    4. Ha cinque cervelli, ognuno pi intelligente del tuo Cos qualcuno definiva Murray Gell Mann, gigante della fisica delle particelle pre modello standard E sempre stato il primo della classe con poco sforzo, distratto da tanti interessi e capace di assorbire informazioni continuamente Vince il Nobel a circa 40 anni, ora ne ha quasi 80 La biografia lo accompagna dalla nascita ai 70 anni, raccontando l origine del suo blocco da scrittore e del suo terrore di sbagliare, la difficile vita in famiglia e [...]

    5. Many readers will know that Gell Mann is a pioneer in complexity science and complex adaptive systems his work provides the scientific basis for much of the other complexity related work that we admire We should all know about him and his work.

    6. An excellent and very readable biography of the Nobel prizewinning physicist, very much in the mould of James Gleick s Genius The Life and Science of Richard Feynman.

    7. Beautiful and compelling look at Murray Gell Mann s life and his discovery of the Strange Beauty of the quark.

    8. A very interesting portrait of Murray Gell Mann I lerant a lot of things about the science he studied and how he related to his world.

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