The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age

Title: The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age
Published by: Basic Books
Release Date: December 5th 2017
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Pages: 448
ISBN13: 9780465072927

In 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and quantum mechanics, equally at ease with theory and experiment, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything-at least about physics. But he was also a complex figure who was a part of both the Italian Fascist Party and the Manhattan Project, and a less-than-ideal father and husband who nevertheless remained one of history's greatest mentors. Based on new archival material and exclusive interviews, The Last Man Who Knew Everything lays bare the enigmatic life of a colossus of twentieth century physics.

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