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Enrico Fermi is unquestionably among the greats of the world's physicists, the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo. Called "the Pope" by his peers, he was regarded as infallible in his instincts and research. His discoveries changed our world; they led to weapons of mass destruction and conversely to life-saving medical interventions. This unassuming man struggled with issues relevant today, such as the threat of nuclear annihilation and the relationship of science to politics. Fleeing Fascism and anti-Semitism, Fermi became a leading figure in America's most secret project: building the atomic bomb.
The last physicist who mastered all branches of the discipline, Fermi was a rare mixture of theorist and experimentalist. His rich legacy encompasses key advances in fields as diverse as cosmic rays, nuclear technology, and early computers. In their revealing book, The Pope of Physics, Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin bring this scientific visionary to life. An examination of the human dramas that touched Fermi's life as well as a thrilling history of scientific innovation in the 20th century, this is the comprehensive biography that Fermi deserves.
©2016 Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Segrè and Hoerlin draw an engaging portrait of a man with boundless curiosity who delighted in his work; fans of pop science and history will thoroughly enjoy this entertaining and accessible biography of a scientist who deserves to be better understood." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Rubio on 02-28-17

Excellent, but...

Seriously lacking in covering the Manhattan project. Otherwise fills a definite gap in literature about the birth of modern physics.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By Anonymous User on 05-23-17

Beautiful!

I just loved this audiobook. Very interesting, both the science part and the story of the Popes life. Highly recomend it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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