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 unusual theoretical physicists of his new release, Sir Rudolf Peierls. Born in Germany in 1907, Peierls used to be certainly a poultry of passage," whose profession of fifty-five years took him to best 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 few of the pioneers and, as he places it, "some of the nice characters" during this field.

Originally released in 1985.

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