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The Joy of Discovery (English) (Hardcover): Book by Walter Thirring

The Joy of Discovery (English) (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9789814322966    Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Ltd Year of publishing: 2010     Format:  Hardcover No of Pages: 195        Language: English
Walter Thirring is the last offspring of an Austrian family of scientists. In this moving narrative he describes how he survived the Nazi occupation and became instrumental in reconstructing European...Read more
Walter Thirring is the last offspring of an Austrian family of scientists. In this moving narrative he describes how he survived the Nazi occupation and became instrumental in reconstructing European science. Thirring is one of the last living physicists who worked on the greatest discoveries and with the greatest scientists of the 20th century. He recollects encounters with the old masters like Einstein Schrodinger Heisenberg Pauli and others as well as his collaborations with the present stars like Murray Gell-Mann and Elliott Lieb. The book presents the challenges faced when one of the major paradigm shifts took place namely the shift away from atomistic theory and Newtonian physics towards field theory and quantum mechanics. Every step is presented in clear understandable language which reflects Thirring's extensive experience in training the next generation. Additionally Thirring describes his fascinating and profound life experiences growing up under Nazi occupation serving in the war striving to establish scientific excellence and in reaching out across the Iron Curtain. A true Renaissance man he concludes by discussing his love of music and it is clear that his passion for learning is only matched by his passion for music a sampling of which can be found at website. A work that inspires at every junction and is decisively re-readable Thirring's autobiography is assuredly a must-have for anyone interested in science physics and history.
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Walter Thirring's reflections on his life are extremely interesting in all respects, both historical and scientific the normal black-on-white text in the book can be read by anyone, except perhaps...Read more
Walter Thirring's reflections on his life are extremely interesting in all respects, both historical and scientific the normal black-on-white text in the book can be read by anyone, except perhaps for the last part on entropy. the grey shaded 'boxes' are reserved for experts. This is an excellent idea. -- CERN Courier "CERN Courier
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