This was my first book about Dirac. Graham Farmelo has written a wonderful story about someone whom little is written. I did not care for the narration by B. J. Harrison. I bought the hardback and found it hard to put down. The narrator seemed to have trouble with the text and was too slow and boring.
I could not finish the audible version.
At first, I didn't think I would enjoy listening to the biography of a physicist, the subject alone seems daunting. But the author did a great job describing science in the simplest form that even a 5th grader could understand. I learned a lot from this book and highly recommend it to everyone.
I agree with several other reviews - enjoyed this listen since the material was strong enough, held my interest, despite the poor narration. Someone, please instruct the narrator regarding pronunciation of the word "experiment". Since listening, the word "expirimint" is still ringing in my ears.
Farmelo has a deep affection for his subject. Though not schooled in physics I follow the popularizations of cosmological science personalities and explanations of the fascinating worlds of physics. I loved the biography on Einstein and this volume is as informative and entertaining.
The author's discussions of university department cultures and the social turmoils and war during the time periods was interesting. All in all a very good yarn about a very interesting man who did amazing things.
I'm retired....I love to walk, bike and "read" interesting stories.... I love discussing literature...
This is an excellent book, an excellent subject, and an excellent performance. One of the best books I've read.
I am a math teacher in a vocational school. I want to become a physics teacher also. Self development, teaching and upbringing intrest me.
When there is a good reader like Harrison and no need for pictures/ graphs audio book is allways better than a book. I enjoy the faster speed it gives me feeling I can have more enjoyment per time
Any biographys of a physicist, but with Bohr's words: Dirac is the strangest.
He made Dirac into such a mouse that it was entertaining but I was disappointed when I listened his lecture and realized that he was a fair lecturer
Mind over matter - story ofa mouse that freed the lion
I am sure there are many people who will not find this entertaining, but in some places I could not help laughing.
It is one of those cases when the narration works against the content. Just out of respect to the complexity of the subject in which Dirac excelled and the intensity of molding of his own individuality over decades and epochs, one revolts against the narration's idiotically repetitive inflections with very occasional regard to meaning. Two fairly straightforward Russian names - Gamov and Kapitsa are brutalized to the point of parody. Kapitsa is a presence throughout most of the story. I winced every time the name was articulated. The Quantum Mechanics fellowship of the 20th century was a multinational crowd with some foreign sounding names - does the job description of the audiobook narrator actually include at least checking the pronunciation of the names and the terminology?
The story itself is deeply researched and put together in a thoughtful and colorful way. I wanted to have more of the intellectual context but I appreciate the amount of material the author went through in reconstructing the personal history of Paul Dirac. Since it's an audiobook, the quality of the story absolutely needs be matched with the quality of the delivery.
This is a comprehensive discussion of the life and works of the great man, Paul Dirac. The author does an excellent job at painting a picture, and I could see, in my mind's eye, every scene.
The narrator is engaging, and I was hooked on every word. I only wish I could find another biography on a physicist of this era, done this well.
Bravo, I only depressed its over.
I felt like I was there as these events took place. Very engaging.
If you're looking to learn field theory, or relativistic quantum mechanics, well then this is not for you. If you want to spend some time learning about one of physics most interesting characters, and empathize with him...then enjoy.