Emilio G. Segrè: The History of Physics
Emilio Segrè (1905–1989) became, in 1928, the first student to earn a doctorate in physics at The University of Rome under Enrico Fermi. A decade later, restrictive fascist laws against Jews in academic positions in Italy turned Segrè into an academic refugee — he settled in Berkeley where, in 1955, with colleague Owen Chamberlain, he proved the existence of the antiproton, a negatively charged proton that destroys itself as well as the matter it strikes. In 1959, Segrè and Chamberlain shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on antiproton.
From 1943 to 1946, Segrè worked as a group leader on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. In his 1970 book about Fermi, Segrè recalled a crucial atomic test in the New Mexico desert: "In a fraction of a second, at our distance, one received enough light to produce a sunburn. I was near Fermi at the time of the explosion, but I do not remember what we said, if anything. I believed that for a moment I thought the explosion might set fire to the atmosphere and thus finish the earth, even though I knew that this was not possible."
It always seems an opportunity that should not be missed when a major participant in the world of science takes the time and makes the effort to write about his field for a general audience. At Dover we were very pleased to acquire from Emilio Segrè's heirs the rights to publish his outstanding two-volume history of physics written for the general reader and historian of science: From Falling Bodies to Radio Waves: Classical Physicists and Their Discoveries and From X-Rays to Quarks: Modern Physicists and Their Discoveries, both reprinted by Dover in 2007.
Great book for an informative and relatively short review of the development of XX century physics - just exactly what the title says. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. R. G. Mendonca
Is one of the best histories of radioactivity I know. First hand, as Emilio Segré was one of the protagonists, and very well writen.Published 9 months ago by Jose M lopez Sancho
It is a nice history of modern physics. Certainly many times shows short biographies of individuals that are many times not discussed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. J.
In my opinion, "From X-Rays to Quarks," by Emilio Segre is one of the greatest books that I have ever read. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by Raymond J. Jerome
In addition to reading this excellent book I recommend reading "Thirty Years That Shook Physic" by George Gamow too.Published on December 23, 2008 by Mendoza