Thursday, August 08, 2019

Paul Dirac

Born on this day 117-years ago one of the greatest, most underappreciated minds of the 20th century - Paul Dirac.

Here's his bio from the Nobel Prize folks.

He was a man of few words but his math and equations were poetry.

His biography The Strangest Man was a fascinating read if you're a fan of physics.

Here's a link to his 1963 article in Scientific American The Evolution of the Physicist's Picture of Nature.  The article is a (very) long read but conversely it gives you both a succinct history of modern physics and a good taste of the genius of Paul Dirac.


  1. That book is in my stack.

  2. Really good insight into Dirac's role in helping to bridge the worlds of Einstein's formulas and equations and the world of quantum mechanics. Dirac was probably the only person capable of doing that during that period of time.

    Also an insight into what a douchebag Dirac's father was.