Seven Not-So Brief Biographies of Physicists

Shelf RenewalMany people celebrated Pi Day (3.14) with a slice of gooey pastry. Others paid homage to the scientists who proved that it’s all relative—and they’re not alone. Carlo Rovelli’s New York Times best-seller Seven Brief Lessons on Physics proves readers have an appetite for books that explore what we know, and how we know it, about matter and motion.

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird

Seven Brief Lessons on PhysicsA Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the
Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age
by Joao Magueijo

Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson

Isaac Newton, by James Gleick

A Life of Discovery: Michael Faraday, Giant of the Scientific Revolutionby James Hamilton

Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physicsby George Johnson

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom, by Graham Farmelo



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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