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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A Life in Physics. In his later years he tried to start a program to reorganize physics around the concept of information: Christian Stanton rated it it was amazing Nov 08, A very interesting and engaging autobiography by one of the smartest theoretical physicists fpam the twentieth-century. The book is worth the read just for this tour de force through non-classical physics.
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While this isn’t a comment on the book, but more the man, I found myself repeatedly “yelling” at the book about his politics. So, his memoir has lots of merit, but he is human, so you may discover some parts of his personality you do not like too.
John Archibald Wheeler’s coam life brings us face to face with the central characters and discoveries of modern physics.
About John Archibald Wheeler. May 01, Mitch Allen rated it liked it. He worked on the Manhattan Project, living next to the world’s first large-scale nuclear reactor, the B Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
He’s in and out, more like one would get if you were at a cocktail party and kept picking up the conversation with him as you rotated throughout the various guests. I knew John Wheeler as most senior coauthor of the page book Gravitationand this is his autobiography. This one was blakc
Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics by John Archibald Wheeler
He tries Overall, Wheeler’s memoir isn’t bad, but you will need a solid background in the history of physics to really appreciate it. However, Wheeler has done much more than that.
Autobiography of a great American physicist. He recently taught high-school physics and served as science director of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. This book is like a nice tall glass of water.
I Become a Physicist. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He was the first American to learn of the discovery of nuclear fission, later coined the term “black hole,” led a renaissance in gravitation physics, and helped to build Princeton University into a mecca for physicists.
Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics
Aug 10, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: Quotes from Geons, Black Hole 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. 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. But it’s also pretty repetitive and not engaging most of the time.
Great introduction to the notion that “empty space” is really a seething “quantum foam” where particles spring into existence from nowhere. Harry rated it liked it Oct 26, Feb 27, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: John Archibald Wheeler’s fascinating life brings us face to face blaack the central characters and discoveries of modern physics.
I joles this geobs college. Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: Mark Schnitzius ane it liked it Feb 15, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Niklasl rated it liked it Dec 28, On a positive note, Wheeler coined the term black hole, it from bit, and thought up some interesting examples of applied quantum theory.
Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam
The geons of the title are electromagnetic waves so massive they are held together holed their own gravity; by Wheeler’s calculations, a torus the size of the Sun and a million times more massive is the smallest one for which quantum effects could be ignored; he also explored geons composed I knew John Wheeler as most senior coauthor of the page book Gravitationand this is his autobiography.
Mar 28, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. The narrative jumps back and forth through time.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 quanttum indeed, it was.
Books by John Archibald Wheeler. Jovany Agathe rated it liked it Nov 13, John Archibald Wheeler’s fascinating life brings us face to face with the central characters and 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.
Sep 12, Gordon rated it it was amazing. Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: Wheeler wonders whether, had the atomic bomb project started a year sooner and ended a year sooner, World War II would have lasted a year less; I very much doubt it.