Atoms in the Family

Author: Laura Fermi
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022614965X
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In this absorbing account of life with the great atomic scientist Enrico Fermi, Laura Fermi tells the story of their emigration to the United States in the 1930s—part of the widespread movement of scientists from Europe to the New World that was so important to the development of the first atomic bomb. Combining intellectual biography and social history, Laura Fermi traces her husband's career from his childhood, when he taught himself physics, through his rise in the Italian university system concurrent with the rise of fascism, to his receipt of the Nobel Prize, which offered a perfect opportunity to flee the country without arousing official suspicion, and his odyssey to the United States.

Atoms in the Family

Author: Laura Fermi
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226243672
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Mrs. Fermi tells of her life with her famous husband who produced the first chain reaction that led to the atom bomb, and won the Nobel Prize and the Congressional Medal for Merit.

The Last Man Who Knew Everything

Author: David N. Schwartz
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465093124
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The definitive biography of the brilliant, charismatic, and very human physicist and innovator Enrico Fermi In 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.

Enrico Fermi

Author: Dan Cooper
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019511762X
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A biography of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose work led to the discovery of nuclear fission, the basis of nuclear power and the atom bomb.

The Pope of Physics

Author: Gino Segrè
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1627790063
Format: PDF
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Enrico Fermi is unquestionably among the greats of the world's physicists, the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo. Called the Pope by his peers, he was regarded as infallible in his instincts and research. His discoveries changed our world; they led to weapons of mass destruction and conversely to life-saving medical interventions. This unassuming man struggled with issues relevant today, such as the threat of nuclear annihilation and the relationship of science to politics. Fleeing Fascism and anti-Semitism, Fermi became a leading figure in America's most secret project: building the atomic bomb. The last physicist who mastered all branches of the discipline, Fermi was a rare mixture of theorist and experimentalist. His rich legacy encompasses key advances in fields as diverse as comic rays, nuclear technology, and early computers. In their revealing book, The Pope of Physics, Gino Segré and Bettina Hoerlin bring this scientific visionary to life. An examination of the human dramas that touched Fermi’s life as well as a thrilling history of scientific innovation in the twentieth century, this is the comprehensive biography that Fermi deserves.

Enrico Fermi Physicist

Author: Emilio Segre
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226744735
Format: PDF
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Student, collaborator and lifelong friend of Enrico Fermi, Emilio Segrè presents a rich, well-rounded portrait of the scientist, his methods, intellectual history, and achievements. Explaining in nontechnical terms the scientific problems Fermi faced or solved, Enrico Fermi, Physicist contains illuminating material concerning Fermi's youth in Italy and the development of his scientific style. Emilio Segre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1959.

Nuclear Physics

Author: Enrico Fermi
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226243658
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This volume presents, with some amplification, the notes on the lectures on nuclear physics given by Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago in 1949. "The compilers of this publication may be warmly congratulated. . . . The scope of this course is amazing: within 240 pages it ranges from the general properties of atomic nuclei and nuclear forces to mesons and cosmic rays, and includes an account of fission and elementary pile theory. . . . The course addresses itself to experimenters rather than to specialists in nuclear theory, although the latter will also greatly profit from its study on account of the sound emphasis laid everywhere on the experimental approach to problems. . . . There is a copious supply of problems."--Proceedings of the Physical Society "Only a relatively few students are privileged to attend Professor Fermi's brilliant lectures at the University of Chicago; it is therefore a distinct contribution to the followers of nuclear science that his lecture material has been systematically organized in a publication and made available to a much wider audience."--Nucelonics

Fermi Remembered

Author: Enrico Fermi
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226121119
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The volume also features extensive university archival material - including correspondence between Fermi and biophysicist Leo Szilard and a letter from Harry Truman - with new introductions that provide context for both the history of physics and the academic tradition at the University of Chicago."--Jacket.

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart

Author: Lydia Millet
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156031035
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When a shy librarian in Santa Fe sees Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and Leo Szilard, she risks her career and relationships to follow them, building a cult following comprised of hippies, bikers, anthropologists, and survivors of the atom bomb to mount a massive march on Washington. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Uranium Wars

Author: Amir D. Aczel
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0230103359
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The author of Fermat's Last Theorem chronicles the scientific discovery of nuclear energy, an account set against the nuclear fission race in 1920s Europe that considers the contributions of such figures as Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Lise Meitner.