"A truly masterful drawing of Fermi's character along with his physics and the events through which he moved....Segrè has provided us with a brilliant appreciation of one of the most preeminent figures of modern physics." (Physics Bulletin)
"We must thank Emilo Segrè for this authoritative, revealing and inspiring book. It covers in a masterly fashion the most exciting thirty years of modern physics and the character and activities of one of its greatest contributors."
"Emilio Segrè met Enrico Fermi in 1927 and became his first graduate student. He worked on the Manhattan Project and in 1959 was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the antiproton."
"The son of an Italian Nobel-Prize-winning architect of the atomic bomb examines his childhood and his relationship with his brilliant father."
"A charmingly written and informative story of the career of one of the world's foremost physicists." (John Pfeiffer)
"Laura Fermi is one of the most engaging biographers who ever described the private life of a great scientist."
I enjoyed this book even more the second time.
"His book provides unique insights into the profession of physics during this century and into the often idiosyncratic personalities of its practitioners."
"He knew everyone in the small pre-war physics world, and stories of his many friends are told delightfully" (Sir Nevill Mott)
"Anybody with some interest in the way scientists live, feel and think, should read this book". (Victor Weisskopf)
All the funny stories are in this book. Pages 310 and 311 present a wonderful example of the rewriting of history.
"By a series of strange circumstances I did not become a leather merchant in Cracow and I did not die during the war in the ghetto of Cracow, as did most of my family and almost all of my friends." (Leopold Infeld)
"Everything comes alive in Infeld's hands: life in the long-since-vanished world of the ghetto and life in the world of Fine Hall, the essence of anti-Semitism and the essence of scientific ambition, life in the corrupt Austro-Hungarian army and life in Polish academia. The sights and sounds of these worlds, the kind of people that inhabit them, their very essence, what, in short, it feels like to live in each of these worlds -- these are some of the things that make this autobiograpy not only vivid and engrossing, but unforgettable."
You can read here about the death of Halina, his first love, and the life of his friend Albert Einstein."
"Chandra is an intimate portrait of a highly private and brilliant man, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a Nobel laureate in physics who has been a major contributor to the theories of white dwarfs and black holes."
"Wali has given us a magnificent portrait of Chandra, full of life and color, with a deep understanding of the three cultures -- Indian, British, and American -- in which Chandra was successively immersed....If the book is only read by physicists, then Wali's devoted efforts were in vain." (Freeman Dyson)
"An excellent and fascinating book....It is a pleasant task for a reviewer to recommend the book he has studied to all and sundry." (Sir Herman Bondi)
When Victor Weisskopf was asked whether Chandra (as he was known to everyone) had any weakness or flaws Weisskopf's answer was "None. None. There is nothing to criticize. You can say of many people, either they are arrogant, or they are not nice to their colleagues. In science, you can say that they are too superficial. Nothing like that is true for Chandra. He is the most positive human being I have ever met in my life as a scientist. He has that untouchable integrity which is so impressive."
"Carl Djerassi, who is a scientist, artist, philosopher, and mensch all in one, has produced the very best of scientific autobiography....Read this book." (Stephen Jay Gould)
"I found the first two pages so interesting that for two days I neglected my own work in order to read the book from beginning to end." (Linus Pauling)
"....a remarkably complex and articulate man who has found a new voice in literature, in the exposition of science and of his own personality." (Joshua Lederberg)
To invert a phrase, he has a great deal not to be modest about.
Click to go to Carl Djerassi's Homepage.
"In his excellent and ironic prose, E. O. Wilson captures the infectious fever of the boy naturalist and the evolution of an exemplary career in entomology." (Peter Matthiessen)
"One of the greatest scientific autobiographies every written. An extraordinary self-analysis of a scientist and what makes up his emotional and intellectual psyche, it is at once passionate, honest, and beautifully written." (Alan Lightman)
"This is an authoritative book about science and the business of science. It is also a fascinating, gripping tale about real people working under extreme pressure in pursuit of what seems like an impossible goal." (Tracy Kidder)
The first part of the story of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Certain to appeal to the voyeristic instincts of anyone interested in the personalities of the Harvard Chemistry Department.
Click to go to the Vertex Pharmaceuticals Homepage.
One of the ditchdigger's daughters tells how her father's determination led his daughters to become successful, independent, and accomplished women: two became doctors, one a dentist, another a lawyer, one a nurse, and another a court stenographer. It is an inspiring story, but success had its price. The organic chemists in the story, unfortunately, were not among the heros.
"An engaging blend of rustic wisdom and big-city knowhow."
"An intriguing mixture of fact, fiction, memoir, and pontification...."
"Thank's to Dr. Conger's revealing essays I will never go to the doctor again."
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