- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199208468
- ISBN-13: 978-0199208463
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 5.7 inches
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Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist Hardcover – August 15, 2008
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"In a lucid and engaging style Fraser describes how the collaboration of Salam and the nomadic genius John C. Ward yielded a number of crucial papers in the 1959-1964 period that gave us the synthesis of electromagnetic and weak interactions. Fraser's well researched contribution provides a transparent description on the creation of the standard model that merits attention from physicists and historians alike. Cosmic Anger is highly recommended."--Optics Journal
"A balanced biography of Abdus Salam, touching on his humble upbringing, ambitions, achivements, fame, virtues, and weaknesses..A valuable addition to the collections of public and science libraries. Particularly in Islamic Communities, the book may stir up ambitions in youth to follow a career in science."--The Mathematical Association of America Reviews
"Gordon Fraser's enigmatically titled biography, Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist, is immensely engaging, and its numerous anecdotes will titillate physicists." -- Pervez Hoodbhoy, Physics Today
About the Author
Physicist turned science writer, Gordon Fraser aims to convey difficult concepts without compromising the underlying science. After a first-class degree in physics and mathematics and while working towards his PhD in theoretical physics at London's Imperial College in the mid-1960s, he wrote short-story fiction as a hobby. By 1970, it was clear that he was not cut out for scientific research, and he spun together two very different strands of interest by becoming a reporter on a weekly UK newspaper for the computer industry. He later returned to science as an in-house editor at major laboratories. Working in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1980 - 2002 he was Editor of the CERN Courier, the monthly magazine of the international high energy physics community. He has been a visiting lecturer in Science Communication at several UK universities.
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This delightfully crafted work explores both sides of Salam's life discussing not only his most obvious achievement in formulating the most successful theory of modern physics but also his tireless support of scientific education in the third world. Mr. Fraser discusses science, politics and history with equal effectiveness. I earned my Ph.D. under Salam but still learned a great deal more about him from this book - both about his private life and his relations with his scientific colleagues.
This book will have immense appeal to any intelligent reader. Heartily recommended.
My sister decided to do a project on famous Pakistanis in high school and had written to Dr. Abdus Salam. He was nice enough to reply back and send her books that he had written.
We need more like him.
Coming from a modest Ahmadi family (a minority sect that has been ostracized and discriminated against in Pakistan), he was a brilliant young student who stood first in Punjab securing unbelievably high marks with his picture published in the local newspaper, he progressed fast on the academic ladder, graduating from Govt. College Lahore, went on to Oxford, England, became a mathemetician, worked in the famous Cavendish Physics laboratory, came back to Govt. College, Lahore, went back to England and started teaching at the Imperial College in London. He had a one year stint in the fabled Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ with Einstein in permanent residence there and J. Robert Openheimer at the helm. He started his Theoretical Physics Institute in Trieste, Italy for the 3rd world country scientists and became an ambassador-at-large of the non-western physicists. He became a polished speaker, teacher and enjoyed tremendous respect in academic circles. He was prolific in research and in churning out papers for publication.
His life story is stupendously fascinating. His achievements, somehow ignored and under-valued in his own country were many and varied. With his multi-faceted life is detailed with sensitivity and authoritatively. The book is also a primer of the life, times and theories of major players in Theoretical Physics in the 20th century. The book is a fascinating read and is recommended highly.
I first met Abdus Salam over sixty years ago when we were both attending supervision by Fred Hoyle at Johns College in Cambridge. The book's description of Abdus brought back vivid memories including even his gentle high pitched voice as he told me how to look for a lost object. "If it is not in one place look in another."
The book covers many aspects of Abdus Salam's life including his personal life, his contribution to particle physics, his establishment of and involvement with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste and his role in politics.
Elected to the Royal Society as its youngest Fellow and also a Nobel Prize winner. Abdus Salam was an extraordinary person.
When I first knew Abdus, India was still united and he told me that there was going to be trouble. Trouble did indeed come as a result of the conflicts between the various religions including Hindu and Muslim, as Cosmic Anger explains. A large part of the book is taken up with religion. Abdus was a member of the small Ahmadi sect, which is a part of Islam. In September 1974 this sect was declared by Pakistan 'non-Muslim'. Because of this Pakistan, which had become his home country, did not accord him the recognition which was his due.
I think that, if this book were read, and really understood, by politicians not only of Pakistan, but worldwide the world would become a better place.
I found Cosmic Anger readable, enjoyable and instructive.