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Strange Beauty Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics

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ISBN-10: 0679756884

ISBN-13: 9780679756880

Edition: N/A

Authors: George Johnson

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With a New Afterword "Our knowledge of fundamental physics contains not one fruitful idea that does not carry the name of Murray Gell-Mann."--Richard Feynman Acclaimed science writer George Johnson brings his formidable reporting skills to the first biography of Nobel Prize-winner Murray Gell-Mann, the brilliant, irascible man who revolutionized modern particle physics with his models of the quark and the Eightfold Way.   Born into a Jewish immigrant family on New York's Lower East Side, Gell-Mann's prodigious talent was evident from an early age--he entered Yale at 15, completed his Ph.D. at 21, and was soon identifying the structures of the world's smallest components and illuminating…    
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.20" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

George Johnson was born in 1952, in Fayetteville, Ark. He has worked for newspapers in Albuquerque, N.Mex. and Minneapolis, Minn., and is a science writer for the New York Times. His first book, Architects of Fear: Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia in American Politics (1984), won a special achievement award in nonfiction from the Los Angeles chapter of International PEN. Many of Johnson's other books evidence thoughtful, spiritual examinations of the relation between man and science. Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith and the Search for Order (1995) is about the diversity of ideas in New Mexico. Johnson draws parallels between Los Alamos and the worshipful view of scientific discovery and the…    

Prologue: On the Trail to La Vega
A Hyphenated American: Czernowitz, Vienna, and New York City
The Walking Encyclopedia: New York City and New Haven
A Feeling for the Mechanism: Cambridge
Village of the Demigods: Princeton
The Magic Memory: Chicago
"No Excellent Beauty": Chicago, Princeton, Paris, Urbana, Glasgow, Copenhagen, and Pisa
A Lopsided Universe: Pasadena and Moscow
Field of Dreams: Pasadena and Kiev
The Magic Eightball: Paris, Entebbe, the Serengeti, Pasadena, and San Diego
Holy Trinity: Geneva, Cambridge, New York, and Pasadena
Aces and Quarks: Pasadena, Udaipur, Kyoto, Dubna, Kathmandu, and Sapporo
The Swedish Prize: Pasadena, Princeton, and Stockholm
Quantum Chromodynamics: Aspen, Pasadena, Geneva, and Paris
Superphysics: Pasadena, Aspen, and Tesuque
From the Simple to the Complex: Sant Feliu de Guixols, Pasadena, Lima, and Santa Fe
The Quark and the Jaguar: Santa Fe, New York City
Epilogue: Valentine's Day, 1997
Sources and Acknowledgments