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The lives of world scientists can be almost as insightful as reviews of their major discoveries: that's why two new biographical coverages are recommended picks for any who would study scientific achievement. Nancy Thorndike Greenspan's The End Of The Certain World: The Life And Science Of Max Born, The Nobel Physicist Who Ignited The Quantum Revolution (0738206938, $26.95) tells of a physicist forced to emigrate to England when the Nazis took over--and found his pacifist nature compromised when he discovered his findings had helped the developers of the atom bomb. Born's complete story is presented here for the first time, from his achievement of the Nobel prize as discoverer of quantum theory to his exile from Germany and his teaching of nine Nobel physicists in turn. A splendid coverage of a major figure. Palle Yourgrau's A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy Of Godel And Einstein (0465092934, $24.00) follows the close friendship of physicist Albert Einstein and logician Kurt Godel during the last decade and a half of Einstein's life. The two walked home daily, shared ideas about physics, philosophy and politics, and acknowledged important connections between the world of physics and philosophy which exist to this day. Their discoveries and achievements are framed within the context of their unusual friendship.
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|Title Annotation:||The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born, the Nobel Physicist Who Ignited the Quantum Revolution; A World without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2005|
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