SciAm on Dirac

The Theorist of Theorist, the first modern physicists who decided theorists were at the forefront of physics, the great P.A.M. Dirac, is the inspiration for the title of this blog, and is one of my heroes!

If you are even slighty curious of who Dirac is, you must know that Steve Mirsky of Scientific American recently interviewed Graham Farmelo, author of the authoritative biography of P.A.M. Dirac, The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom. The interviews is fantastic, full of incredible insight from Graham Farmelo about Dirac’s life and a surprising deep understanding of the importance of Dirac’s work by Steve Mirsky. The interview can be downloaded free online: Part One and Part Two. The funny anecdotes alone are reason enough to check this out. This is the best science interview I have heard in a long time.

To celebrate this interview, SciAm has posted online the article written by Dirac for Scientific American published on 1963. Amazing stuff!

SciAm: If you do this a couple more times, you might inspire hope on me that there might be some good science for laymen magazine out there that isn’t crap.

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.
-P.A.M. Dirac

Author: minustwofish

I am a quantum physicist.

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