Book ID: CBB537532932

The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age (2017)


David N. Schwartz (Author)

Basic Books

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 480 pages
Language: English

The definitive biography of the brilliant, charismatic, and very human physicist and innovator Enrico FermiIn 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and quantum mechanics, equally at ease with theory and experiment, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything--at least about physics. But he was also a complex figure who was a part of both the Italian Fascist Party and the Manhattan Project, and a less-than-ideal father and husband who nevertheless remained one of history's greatest mentors. Based on new archival material and exclusive interviews, The Last Man Who Knew Everything lays bare the enigmatic life of a colossus of twentieth century physics.

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Review Leonardo Gariboldi (2018) Review of "The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 425-427). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Robotti, Nadia
Guerra, Francisco
De Gregorio, Alberto
Bernardini, Carlo
Cioci, Vincenzo
Hoerlin, Bettina
Physics in Perspective
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Luigi Pellegrini Editore
Raffaello Cortina Editore
W. W. Norton & Co.
Società Italiana di Fisica
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Theoretical physics
Atomic bomb
Particles (nuclear physics)
Fermi, Enrico
Rasetti, Franco
Meitner, Lise
Majorana, Ettore
Wick, Gian Carlo
Seaborg, Glenn Theodore
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
Rome (Italy)
United States
Pisa (Italy)
Naples (Italy)
Hanford Nuclear Site (Washington)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (United States)
Università di Roma

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