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By Rudolf Peierls

Here is the intensely own and infrequently funny autobiography of 1 of the main special theoretical physicists of his iteration, Sir Rudolf Peierls. Born in Germany in 1907, Peierls was once certainly a poultry of passage," whose profession of fifty-five years took him to best facilities of physics--including Munich, Leipzig, Zurich, Copenhagen, Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, and J. Robert Oppenheimer's Los Alamos. Peierls was once a tremendous player within the innovative improvement of quantum mechanics within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, operating with a number of the pioneers and, as he places it, "some of the nice characters" during this field.

Originally released in 1985.

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