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Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists (Pt. - download pdf or read online

By Balazs Hargittai

ISBN-10: 1860945058

ISBN-13: 9781860945052

Candid technological know-how V: Conversations with recognized Scientists comprises 36 interviews with recognized scientists, together with 19 Nobel laureates, Wolf Prize winners, and different luminaries. those in-depth conversations offer a glimpse into the best achievements in technology in past times few a long time, that includes tales of the discoveries, and exhibiting the human drama in the back of them. the best scientists are introduced into shut human proximity as though readers have been having a talk with them. This quantity departs from the former ones in that it comprises interviews with mathematicians as well as physicists, chemists, and biomedical scientists. one other peculiarity of this quantity is that it comprises 9 interviews from one other undertaking, the gathering of the overdue Clarence Larson, former Commissioner of the Atomic strength fee and his spouse, Jane ("Larson Tapes"). The 36 interviewees comprise recognized personalities of our time, equivalent to Donald Coxeter, John Conway, Roger Penrose, Alan Mackay, Dan Shechtman, Charles Townes, Arthur Schawlow, Leon Cooper, Alexei Abrikosov, Luis Alvarez, William Pickering, William Fowler, Vera Rubin, Neta Bahcall, Rudolf Peierls, Emilio Segre, Harold Agnew, Clarence Larson, Nelson Leonard, Princess Chulabhorn, Linus Pauling, Miklos Bodanszky, Melvin Calvin, Donald Huffman, Alan MacDiarmid, Alan Heeger, Jens Christian Skou, Paul Lauterbur, Gunther Stent, John Sulston, Renato Dulbecco, Baruch Blumberg, Arvid Carlsson, Oleh Hornykiewicz, Paul Greengard, and Eric Kandel.

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I also have a plan to write a book on these things. That’s a real trouble for me. So many of the things I do are elementary that publishing papers is not the right way to do it. I want to reach a wider audience, I want to re-found some subjects. That demands writing a book, but writing a book is such a big hassle. There are about five books I ought to write some time. Does it bother you that physicists talk more about broken symmetries than symmetries? It does worry me about the Universe. If we depend on the breaking of symmetry, it’s not as nice as it would be if symmetries were there.

Conway 21 I meant to ask you about your lecturing style. I remember when we were both giving lectures on symmetry at the Smithsonian Institution and you were jumping on top of a table and then hiding beneath it. There’s a certain amount of almost cynicism in this. Every now and then a joke appears to me spontaneously while I’m lecturing, and I incorporate it. If it’s good then it stays in that lecture forever. If I give a lecture 20 or 30 times, the jokes just accumulate. The net effect is that the lecture gets better.

One has to give Mackay a lot of credit. That’s important. Do you consider the quasicrystal discovery a real discovery or is it so novel only because we were so narrowly focused on the rules of classical crystallography? I think there is something surprising about the patterns. It is remarkable how close they are to being periodic. You might’ve taken the view that we’ve been too narrow about our crystallographic notions, but it’s very surprising how close my patterns are to being crystalline. To suggest that we could’ve just broadened our views of crystallography wouldn’t reflect the remarkableness of these patterns.

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