The Strangest Man is the Costa Biography Award-winning account of Paul Dirac; the famous physicist sometimes called the British Einstein. He was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in twentieth-century science: quantum mechanics. Paul Dirac was the youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. He was also pathologically reticent, strangely literal-minded, and legendarily unable to communicate or empathize. Through his most significant period of productivity, his postcards home contained only remarks about the weather.
Based on a previously undiscovered archive of family papers, Graham Farmelo celebrates Dirac’s massive scientific achievement while drawing a compassionate portrait of his life and work. Farmelo shows a man who, while hopelessly socially inept, could manage to love and sustain a close friendship.
The Strangest Man is an extraordinary and moving human story, as well as a study of one of the most exciting times in scientific history.