Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes. Kameshwar. The autobiography of one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics. He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity. The autobiography of one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics. He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and.

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Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics

When the reactor suddenly stopped working, Wheeler thought that some fission product must be absorbing a lot of neutrons; by looking at the way the reactor was restarted, he realized that the half-life of the fission product must be less than 11 hours, but not much less; looking at the chart of isotopes, he guessed that it was xenon; indeed, it was. I knew John Wheeler as most senior coauthor of the page book Gravitationand this is his autobiography. He neglects to mention the proxy wars fought between the Goens and the West in Africa e.

If you’re looking for a great biography of a physicist central to many of the major discussions and discoveries of the twentieth century, this is perfect. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Kate feons it really liked it Jun 28, This book is like a nice tall glass of water.


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Provavelmente Wheeler nasceu em e morreu an Aug 10, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: Although he acknowledges that his reticence to enter WW2 was great, he doesn’t dwell on the fact that he didn’t believe the Nazi atrocities until he saw the concentration camps in person. His career has brought him into contact with the most brilliant minds of his field; Fermi, Bethe, Rabi, Teller, Oppenheimer, and Wigner are among those he called colleagues hopes friends.

Dec 25, Drew rated it liked it Shelves: Texas and the Universe.

I can’t believe I didn’t add this one earlier. He worked on the Manhattan Adn, living next to the world’s first large-scale nuclear reactor, the B Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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geoons Curtis rated it really liked it Jul 27, I didn’t see any introspection about his nuclear weapons work both during World War II and his work on the much more devastating hydrogen bomb during peacetime. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That could be okay if he focused on one topic and went through all the times it cropped up, then set the clock back to discuss another topic.


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Wheeler seems to regret this decision a bit, but definitely not to the extent you’d expect. All the facts and polished thoughts, but nearly enough intimacy or exploration of his vulnerabilities that one might hope for. John Archibald Wheeler currently holds an emeritus professorship at Princeton University, where he spent most of his career.

Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam

He’s th e”it from bit” guy! John Wheeler is a genius, not only in physics, but also in writing. He also notes that his colleague’s defense rested not on whether he was a Communist but whether HUAC should be investigating anyone.

Jul 31, Hugh Chatfield rated it really liked it. Jan 27, Gigio rated it really liked it. From nuclear physics, to quantum theory, to relativity and gravitation, Wheeler’s work has set the trajectory of research for half a century. Shawn Merker rated it it was amazing Apr 07, But it’s also pretty repetitive and not engaging most of the time. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Oct 09, Natalie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Roger Tribble rated it it was amazing Jul 24,