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Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics Paperback – February 17, 2000
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Wheeler's remarkable character pervades the book and helps make it unique and interesting. In a profession legendary for strong intellects and egos, he has achieved and maintained a pomposity coefficient of zero. His judgments of other people are unfailingly generous, but also astute enough to be interesting and revealing. He provides candid firsthand impressions of legendary figures such as Bohr, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Teller, Ulam, Heisenberg, Fermi, Szilard and Feynman . We also learn about many less well-known colleagues, friends and students whom he finds memorable for various reasons. In contrast to the eminent-scientist stereotype, Wheeler has always enjoyed teaching undergraduates and is genuinely interested in the problems and aspirations of the young people entrusted to his care.
Like the brilliant George Gamow, Wheeler has a talent for explaining difficult concepts and illustrating them with whimsically inventive diagrams.Read more ›
Some of the more interesting features of his book include his discussions on gravity, on black holes (he coined the name), how nuclear reactors work, and of the famous scientists (including Einstein, Bohr, Feynmann, etc.).
This present work of his traces his life, a life that is (as the cover says) one of science. However, one of the nice facets of this book is that it goes beyond just the laboratory & reveals the personal life of this great man. We learn of the moving death of his brother in WWII, his worries and concerns over nuclear war (as well as the grapples with his conscience that he endured over the invention of the hydrogen bomb) and many other aspects of his life. He also tells stories of some of his most memorable students; not all of these were necessarily his most gifted pupils. Above all, Wheeler reveals a genuine human passion that has characterized his approach to science over the greater part of this century. One of the best biographies of a scientist I have ever read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
thought provoking, technical, interesting. Not for the faint of physics heart though.Published 8 months ago by ron7719
Well written story of a top physist during the WWII bomb developmentPublished 11 months ago by D. C. Roberts
Try another book that goes even deeper in only 30 pages.
It's called "Everything About Black Holes" and it explains everything with science. It's on Amazon.
A must have for every serious physics student and history of science buff.Published 12 months ago by jack higbie
Can't see any genius in this guy. But he was in the right places at the right times.Published 16 months ago by Thomas P. Dengler
the introduction of the puppet vocation sets the book apart from other books on physics. the puppet, the christian mystic, the zen master, the sufi mystic and the sanyassi are not... Read morePublished 21 months ago by arturo ocampo
I have no additional comment to other reviewers’ except the following one:
Is Wheeler right in the writing on page 349 about William James? Read more
I did read the whole book.
It was interesting and there are a number of points woth mentioning. Read more