Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes. Kameshwar. The autobiography of one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics. He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity. The autobiography of one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics. He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and.
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Mar 28, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: However, Wheeler has done much more than that. A Life in Physics.
Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics
Also, it stirred so much up in me, part excitement, part questioning, part disagreement, that it must be a good book since it got a conversation going in my head and with the person who gave me the book.
Great introduction to the notion that “empty space” is really a seething “quantum foam” where particles spring into existence from nowhere. In his later years he tried to start a program to reorganize physics around the concept of information: We remember the past and are trapped in one-way motion through time.
If your already interested in Physics though, you’d probably enjoy working through it for a while. Feb 27, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: From nuclear physics, to quantum theory, to relativity and gravitation, Wheeler’s work has set the trajectory of research for half a century.
Jun 26, Chris Meger rated it it was amazing. I think he missed President Eisenhower’s speech on the rise of the military-industrial complex. His acknowledges his perspective is limited, so there’s not much depth to some of the big name physicists he describes in brief encounters. Kenneth Ford is the retired director of the American Institute of Physics. This book is like a nice tall glass of water.
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He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity with his friend and colleague Albert Einstein. John Archibald Wheeler’s fascinating life brings us face to face with the central characters and This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Niklasl rated it liked it Dec 28, There aren’t that many books I still remember. Dec 20, Pandu rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I read this in college. He is also known as the coiner of the popular name of the well known space phenomenon, the black hole. Shawn Merker rated it it was amazing Apr 07, To see how science was done is crucial for today and tomorrow.
I didn’t see any introspection about his nuclear weapons work both during World War II and his work on the much more devastating hydrogen bomb during peacetime. The geons of the title are electromagnetic waves so massive they are held together by their own gravity; by Wheeler’s calculations, a torus the size of the Sun and a million times more massive is the smallest one for which quantum effects could be ignored; he also explored geons composed of gravitational waves.
Account Options Sign in. Return to Book Page. He’s in and out, more like one would get if you were at a cocktail party and kept picking up the conversation with him as you rotated throughout the various guests.
Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam
His career has brought him into contact with the most brilliant minds of his field; Fermi, Bethe, Rabi, Teller, Oppenheimer, and Wigner are among those he called colleagues and friends. An interesting romp through the physics of the 20th Century. Although he acknowledges that his reticence to enter WW2 was great, he doesn’t dwell on the fact that he didn’t believe the Nazi atrocities until he saw the concentration camps in person.
A lot of the book is rather hard to appreciate without at least oh a year of physics but there are also plenty of interesting anecdotes about the Manhattan project, the creation of the H-bomb and various academic brouhahas from someone on the inside. He was the first American to learn of the discovery of nuclear fission, later coined the term “black hole,” led a renaissance in gravitation physics, and helped to build Princeton University into a mecca for physicists.
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That could be okay if he focused on one topic and went through all the times it cropped up, then set the clock back to discuss another topic. His career has brought him into contact with the most brilliant minds of his field; Fermi, Bethe, Rabi, Teller, Oppenheimer, and Wigner are among those he quantkm colleagues and friends. This impressive book tells readers about the fascinating life of physicist Hooes Archibald Wheeler. He tries to overcome his past by throwing himself fully fkam war work once he sees its importance, but he doesn’t spend much time defending his decision to support Germany for as long as he did.
Texas and the Universe. The End of Time. Mustafa Yilmaz rated it really liked it Nov 12, In this rich autobiography, Wheeler reveals in fascinating detail the excitement of each discovery, the character of each colleague, and the underlying passion for knowledge that drives geond still. A bit dull, but useful for a vigorous lifestyle. Before the war, Wheeler worked with Niels Bohr on nuclear physics, predicting correctly that isotope of element 94 would be fissionable by slow neutrons.
Lists with This Book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. John Archibald Wheeler came quantuj with the name “black hole,” fitting pioneering work on relativisitic astronomy into a busy schedule of shaping the then-emerging field of quantum mechanics from both snd and philosophical angles.
His career has brought him into contact with the most brilliant minds of his field; Fermi, Bethe, Rabi, Teller, Oppenheimer, and Wigner are among those he called colleagues and friends.
He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity with his friend and colleague Albert Einstein.
I felt that the book could have undergone another round of editing. John Archibald Wheeler currently holds an emeritus professorship at Princeton University, where he spent most of his career.
Wheeler seems to regret this decision a bit, but definitely not to the extent you’d expect.