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September 29 , 2007

A Passion for Discovery


This fascinating book assembles human stories about physicists and mathematicians. Remarkably, these stories cluster around some general themes having to do with the interaction between scientists, and with the impact of historic events — such as the advent of fascism and communism in the twentieth century — on scientists' behavior. Briefly, but lucidly, some of the beautiful science that brought these scientists together in the first place is explained.

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  • Einstein Once Removed
  • The Conscience of Physics
  • The Language of God
  • Oswald Teichmüller and Nazi Science
  • Scientists in Politics
  • Jews in Science. The Backlash
  • Stalin and the Quantum
  • Oppenheimer, Hero or Antihero?
  • On and Off the Map: Romanian Mathematics
  • A Brief History of Space
  • as well as chapters on Richard Feynman, E C G Stueckelberg, Emmy Noether, Andrei Sakharov, and others

Readership: Primarily general readers, and particularly theoretical physicists, mathematicians and high energy experimental physicists.
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