The last man who knew everything : the life and times of Enrico Fermi, father of the nuclear age
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New York : Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2017.
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Book
Edition
First edition.
Physical Desc
xxiii, 453 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Main Library - Adult
530 Sch
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Language
English
ISBN
9780465072927, 0465072925

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-436) and index.
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"In December 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved a milestone in human history: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi, the father of the nuclear age. But as David N. Schwartz shows in this groundbreaking biography, Fermi's impact goes well beyond this epochal event. With his theory of beta decay and his development of quantum statistics, Fermi revolutionized modern physics. Straddling the classical and quantum ages, equally at ease with elegant mathematics and grubby experiments, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything -- at least about physics. In [this book], Schwartz draws from newly discovered archival material and exclusive interviews with those who knew Fermi to reveal the complex figure behind these historic contributions. A reluctant member of the Italian Fascist party, Fermi escaped to New York when Mussolini promulgated a series of anti-Semitic laws that put his wife, Laura, at risk. A citizen of an Axis power at the heart of the US government's most secret war effort, the Manhattan Project, he became one of its leading lights. A less-than-ideal father and husband, he was nevertheless one of history's greatest scientific mentors and teachers. He was also a deep thinker, as perspicacious about extraterrestrial life as he was about quantum field theory. The Last Man Who Knew Everything brings Fermi's brilliant, complex genius to life in a profound and consuming read."--Dust jacket flap.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Schwartz, D. N. (2017). The last man who knew everything: the life and times of Enrico Fermi, father of the nuclear age (First edition.). Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc..

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Schwartz, David N., 1956-. 2017. The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age. New York: Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Schwartz, David N., 1956-. The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age New York: Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Schwartz, David N. The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age First edition., Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2017.

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