A Mind Always in Motion: The Autobiography of Emilio Segrè by Emilio Segrè PDF

By Emilio Segrè

Born in Italy to a well-to-do Jewish family members, Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) turned Enrico Fermi’s first graduate pupil in 1928, contributed to the invention of sluggish neutrons and was once appointed director of the collage of Palermo’s physics laboratory in 1936. whereas traveling the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California in 1938, he discovered that he have been disregarded from his Palermo put up via Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Ernest O. Lawrence employed him to paintings at the cyclotron at Berkeley with Luis Alvarez, Edwin McMillan, and Glenn Seaborg. Segrè used to be one of many first to hitch Oppenheimer at Los Alamos, the place he turned a gaggle chief at the ny venture. In 1959, he received the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the antiproton. He was once a professor of physics at UC Berkeley from 1946 till 1972.

“[A] readable, soaking up, fascinating autobiography... A important contribution through anyone who witnessed the improvement of a lot of recent nuclear physics. Segrè’s description of the historical neutron experiments played in Rome throughout the mid-1930s via Enrico Fermi’s team, of which Segrè used to be a member, is of inestimable worth.” — Glenn T. Seaborg, Physics Today

“A brain consistently in movement is Emilio Segrè’s account — released 4 years after his demise in 1989 — of his own existence and his existence in physics... it's soaking up, relocating in areas and regularly revealing. Segrè famous in his preface, ‘I haven't sought to demonstrate manners and tact I by no means had, and i've attempted to regard myself no higher than anybody else.’ He ably succeeded in those purposes.” — Daniel J. Kevles, Nature

“For basic readers with an curiosity within the historical past of nuclear physics, Segrè... is without doubt one of the so much personable witnesses.” — Publishers Weekly

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