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

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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 East 14th Street, 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 the elegant symmetries of the universe.

Beautifully balanced in its portrayal of an extraordinary and difficult man, interpreting the concepts of advanced physics with scrupulous clarity and simplicity, Strange Beauty is a tour-de-force of both science writing and biography.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [405]-409) and index.

About the Author

George Johnson covers science for The New York Times. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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ISBN:
9780679756880
Author:
Johnson, George
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Nuclear physicists
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
physics;biography;science
Edition Number:
1st Vintage ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 50
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP PHOTO INSERT (33 IMAGES)
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.8938 lb

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