Paul Dirac
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902-1984) was an English theoretical physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, was a member of the Center for Theoretical Studies, University of Miami, and spent the last decade of his life at Florida State University. Among other discoveries, he formulated the Dirac equation, which describes the behaviour of fermions, and predicted the existence of antimatter. (from wikipedia.org)
Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty |
Apart from Einstein, Paul Dirac was probably the greatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century. Dirac, co-inventor of quantum mechanics, is now best known for conceiving of anti-matter and also for his deeply eccentric behavior. For him, the most important attribute of a fundamental theory was its mathematical beauty, an idea that he said was "almost a religion" to him.
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Dirac Equation - wikipedia In particle physics, the Dirac equation is a relativistic wave equation formulated by British physicist Paul Dirac in 1928. |
Atom: The Illusion of Reality This film explores how studying the atom forced us to rethink the nature of reality itself, encountering ideas that seem like they are from science fiction but in fact are a central part of modern science. |
Beautiful Equations Artist and writer Matt Collings takes the plunge into an alien world of equations. He asks top scientists to help him understand five of the most famous equations in science. |
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The FSU Library - Paul A. M. Dirac Collection Paul A. M. Dirac Collection contains materials related principally to the periods in which Dirac was associated as student and then as professor with St. John's College of the University of Cambridge and Florida State University (1923-84). |
Principles of Quantum Mechanics By P. A. M. Dirac. Contents. I: The Principle of Superposition. II: Dynamical Variables and Observables. III: Representations. IV: The Quantum Conditions. V: The Equations of Motion. ... |
Principles of Quantum Mechanics By Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac. Published 1958. Topics: Quantum Mechanics, Physics. The classic written by P. A. M. Dirac. A must read for all Quantum Mechanics lovers. |