Bird of passage: Recollections of a physicist by Rudolf Peierls

By Rudolf Peierls

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

Originally released in 1985.

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