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Love and Physics: The Peierls
This special book is a compilation of essays on a remarkable but little-known story that lasted over half a century of world-renown physicist, the late Sir Rudolf Peielrs and his wife Genia Kannegiser. Peierls' collected a lot of prestigious awards in his lifetime, and in the beginning of WW2, he and Otto Frisch were responsible for the inception of the Anglo-American nucl ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published June 30th 2019 by World Scientific Publishing Company
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I have a prepublication copy. I have long known of Rudolph Peierls’ celebrated work on phase transitions in the Ising model and I know he was a mentor to two of my coauthors (Lieb and Dyson) but I didn’t realize he was also the head of the British delegation at Los Alamos nor of his fascinating life. This book, a collection of letters mainly to and from the Peierlses and commentary linking them together, is a fascinating book and a joy to read. It’s an unusual format for a book on the history of ...more