His discoveries are in quantum mechanics, a subject that remains opaque even after 80 years of continuous exposition. These discoveries involve no experiment, no apparatus and no observation that ever spontaneously troubled a layman. When quizzed about his achievements and their significance, he declines to explain, saying that quantum theories are built up "from physical concepts which cannot be explained in words at all". His responses to the most ordinary pleasures have a semi-detached air.
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After a desperately unhappy childhood in Bristol, UK, his training in engineering and mathematics prepared him to co-discover quantum theory, the most revolutionary scientific theory of the twentieth century. A legendary introvert, his golden streak in research from included his successful prediction of anti-matter which won him a Nobel Prize and brilliant speculations on the existence of magnetic monopoles.
In , he married Manci Balazs, in many ways his polar opposite — warm, friendly and unscientific. Six themes of The Strangest Man 1. His father to spoke to him only in French, his mother only in English. Quantum pioneer Dirac co-invented quantum mechanics and was the first to marry it to the special theory of relativity in this theory of the electron.
The equation also enabled Dirac to predict the existence of antimatter, at one time half the entire universe. Anti-electron, first observed by Carl Anderson at Caltech, 2 August 4.
The unlikely couple had two daughters. Dirac and his wife on their honeymoon in Brighton, January Dirac and his family at home in Cambridge, c. From the late s, this was the lodestar of his research..
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Paul Dirac: The man who conjured laws of nature from pure thought
The Strangest Man