Simply Dirac

  • by Helge Kragh
  • Narrated by Jack Wynters
  • 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"What a fantastic entrée into the life of Paul Dirac and the exotic world of Quantum Mechanics, of which he was one of the great pioneers. With its cast of some of the most important scientists of the modern age, this is both an entertaining and an enlightening read." - Michael White, best-selling author of 39 books including Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer
Paul Dirac (1902 - 1984) was a brilliant mathematician and a 1933 Nobel laureate whose work ranks alongside that of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton. Although not as well-known as his famous contemporaries Werner Heisenberg and Richard Feynman, his influence on the course of physics was immense. His landmark book, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, introduced that new science to the world and his "Dirac equation" was the first theory to reconcile special relativity and quantum mechanics.
Dirac held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a position also occupied by such luminaries as Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. Yet, during his 40-year career as a professor, he had only a few doctoral students due to his peculiar personality, which bordered on the bizarre. Taciturn and introverted, with virtually no social skills, he once turned down a knighthood because he didn't want to be addressed by his first name. Einstein described him as "balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness."
In Simply Dirac, author Helge Kragh blends the scientific and the personal and invites the listener to get to know both Dirac the quantum genius and Dirac the social misfit. Featuring cameo appearances by some of the greatest scientists of the 20th century and highlighting the dramatic changes that occurred in the field of physics during Dirac's lifetime, this fascinating biography is an invaluable introduction to a truly singular man.

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This is a very interesting book for those who enjoy knowledge and science. It is a fascinating biography that blends the scientific and personal life of Paul Dirac, a brilliant mathematician, 1933 Nobel laureate, and author of the book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics.

I liked very much the clear narration and British accent of Jack Wynters.

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- LaPazBC

A Brief History on the Quantum Wizard

What did you love best about Simply Dirac?

All I knew of Dirac before listening was that he was a physicist that taught at the University of Miami. I had no idea that Dirac worked with Schrödinger and that they both received a Nobel Prize in Physics. I also didn’t know that after publishing his fundamental papers, Dirac was referred to as the “wizard of quantum physics.” The audiobook explains the Dirac equation and “all his energy went into the establishment of Quantum Mechanics.” It also explains his quirks as a scientist. This reminded me of a character of the Big Bang Theory. I'm sure the writers of the show took a lot of inspiration from Dirac.


What other book might you compare Simply Dirac to and why?

After listening to Simply Darwin, I was looking forward to delving into the life of Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac and his scientific discoveries. Just like in Simply Darwin, the audiobook is short and to the point about the scientist’s life and discoveries without being unattainable to those without a foundation of subject. I only knew very little about Quantum Mechanics.


Which character – as performed by Jack Wynters – was your favorite?

The narrator Jack Wynters is great. He is professorial in his tone and he is very easy to follow. I purchased "Brexit. The Tip of the Populist Iceberg?" based on his narration.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Wizard of Quantum Physics: The Dirac Equation and Isaac Newton's Tomb


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I was voluntarily provided this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher, but that did not affect my review.

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- L. Pino

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2017
  • Publisher: Simply Charly