Remarkable Physicists

From Galileo to Yukawa

Remarkable Physicists

This book is ideal for anyone who would like to read about the lives of some of the most remarkable physicists born since the second half of the seventeenth century. Each of the fifty-five physicists profiled have made important contributions to physics, through their ideas and teaching, or in other ways. The biographies are arranged chronologically by the physicists' dates of birth, so that, when read in sequence, they convey how physics developed over time. However, the book emphasizes their varied life stories, not the details of their achievements. Ioan James is Professor at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. He is the author of Remarkable Mathematicians (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Topological and Uniform Spaces (Springer-Verlag, 1999).


"Remarkable Physicists offers 50 biographies by mathematician Ioan James. A useful reference..." New Scientist

'James has researched the lives of his subjects with a keen eye for the fine details of their personal lives, as well as the science they contributed to.' Science Direct

' … this is an easily accessible text and should be of interest to all those who have an interest in physics, history or the history of physics …'. Mathematics Today

'It makes the lives of some important physicists accessible and convenient. You can dip into it and find something of interest about their lives … a welcome addition to the growing range of popular-science culture.' The Mathematical Gazette

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