Faust in Copenhagen

A Struggle for the Soul of Physics

Gino Segre - Author

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ISBN 9780143113737 | 320 pages | 27 May 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A physicist himself, Gino Segrè writes about what scientists do—and why they do it—with intimacy, clarity, and passion. In Faust in Copenhagen, he evokes the fleeting, magical moment when physics—and the world—was about to lose its innocence forever. Known by physicists as the miracle year, 1932 saw the discovery of the neutron and antimatter, as well as the first artificially induced nuclear transmutations. However, while scientists celebrated these momentous discoveries—which presaged the nuclear era and the emergence of big science—during a meeting at Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen Institute, Europe was moving inexorably toward totalitarianism and war.

“ [A] fascinating story, insightfully told and consistently engaging . . . Segrè speaks to the reader with enthusiasm, at times unable to conceal his excitement about the fascinating story he’s sharing, yet his telling is deftly and dramatically structured, providing necessary historical and scientific context, clearly and concisely.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“ Cracking good narrative history.”

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