Bohr's opinion about Dirac.
Just an example, a Dirac has been defined, by his colleagues in Cambridge, as the smallest number of words that can be told by a person in a day.
How much is a Dirac?
Zero, if you neglect to count yes and no.
Only once a drop run down his cheek, at Einstein death.
The author even hypothesizes that Dirac could be somehow autistic.
Anti-matter was his greatest prediction, while his textbook The Principles of Quantum Mechanics had been the quantum mechanics' bible for decades, even for Bohr.
Instead he disliked QED because of the ugly mathematics underlaying it: renormalization.
According to Dirac, beauty drives the theory and the progress in science knowledge.
work in progress ......Continua
A very clear and balanced biography of Paul Dirac. Despite Dirac being outwardly quite colourless the gradual discovery of the quantum world and Dirac's attitude to it make a riveting story.
I also appreciated the careful way that the changing scenes; early 20th C Brighton, between wars Russia, Cambridge, 1950's America and Florida; provide development in the story while Dirac himself appears not to be changing.