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By Rudolf Peierls

ISBN-10: 0691083908

ISBN-13: 9780691083902

Here is the intensely own and infrequently funny autobiography of 1 of the main amazing theoretical physicists of his new release, Sir Rudolf Peierls. Born in Germany in 1907, Peierls was once certainly a fowl of passage," whose occupation of fifty-five years took him to best facilities of physics--including Munich, Leipzig, Zurich, Copenhagen, Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, and J. Robert Oppenheimer's Los Alamos. Peierls used to be an enormous player within the progressive improvement of quantum mechanics within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, operating with a number of the pioneers and, as he places it, "some of the nice characters" during this field.

Originally released in 1985.

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