The Last Man Who Knew Everything

The Last Man Who Knew Everything

The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age

Book - 2017
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In 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and quantum mechanics, equally at ease with theory and experiment, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything-at least about physics. But he was also a complex figure who was a part of both the Italian Fascist Party and the Manhattan Project, and a less-than-ideal father and husband who nevertheless remained one of history's greatest mentors. Based on new archival material and exclusive interviews, The Last Man Who Knew Everything lays bare the enigmatic life of a colossus of twentieth century physics.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780465072927
Characteristics: xxiii, 453 pages :,illustrations


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Jan 26, 2018

Great Read! This book is VERY interesting, historical, informative, and educational. It gives specific facts and numerous examples of theory and experimental physics. Enrico Fermi was certainly a superior person and physicist. Author David Schwartz did an outstanding job writing this biography.

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