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The Life and Times of Physicists from Galileo to Hawking

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In his Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking, William H. Cropper vividly portrays the life and accomplishments of such giants as Galileo and Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, right up to contemporary figures such as Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, and Stephen Hawking. We meet scientists - all geniuses - who could be gregarious, aloof, unpretentious, friendly, dogged, imperious, generous to colleagues or contentious to rivals. As Cropper captures their personalities, he also offers vivid portraits of their great moments of discovery, their bitter feuds, their relations with family and friends, their religious beliefs and education. In addition, Cropper has grouped these biographies by discipline - mechanics, thermodynamics, particle physics, and others. Each section begins with a historical overview. Thus in the section on quantum mechanics, readers can see how the work of Max Planck influenced Niels Bohr, and how Bohr in turn influenced Werner Heisenberg. Great Physicists combines history, biography, and science so the educated reader can retrace the footsteps of the men and women who led the way to our current understanding of the physical world. No class on 9/19/18. Make-up class on 12/19/18.


Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Sheldon Reis2.Philip Zawa 



Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 09/19/2018)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/12/2018 - 12/19/2018 Weekly - Wed 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Philip Zawa  ; Sheldon Reis  ClassRoom