By Rudolf Peierls
Here is the intensely own and sometimes funny autobiography of 1 of the main uncommon theoretical physicists of his new release, Sir Rudolf Peierls. Born in Germany in 1907, Peierls used to be certainly a poultry of passage," whose occupation of fifty-five years took him to prime 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 innovative improvement of quantum mechanics within the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, operating with a number of the pioneers and, as he places it, "some of the good characters" during this field.
Originally released in 1985.
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Bird of Passage: Recollections of a Physicist by Rudolf Peierls