Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes. Kameshwar. The autobiography of one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics. He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity. The autobiography of one of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics. He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and.

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Wheeler wonders whether, had the atomic bomb project fozm a year sooner and ended a year sooner, World War II would have lasted a year less; I very much doubt it. Roger Tribble rated it it was amazing Jul 24, All the facts and polished thoughts, but nearly enough intimacy or exploration of his vulnerabilities that one might hope for.

Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam

On a positive note, Wheeler coined the term black hole, it from bit, and thought up some interesting examples of applied quantum theory. Intersecting both the man and the memoir, I felt there was a huge lack of humility on his part.

Martin rated it really liked it Aug 18, I felt that the book could have undergone another round of editing. If one looked solely at the physics parts of his memoir, you’d walk away happy with a lay understanding of some very exciting work. Great introduction to the notion that “empty space” is really a seething “quantum foam” where particles spring into existence from nowhere.

He justifies this by noting that his colleague had ajd from what he appeared to be in the interview to who he actually was. So, his memoir has lots of merit, but he is human, so you may discover some parts of his personality you do not like too.

I didn’t see any introspection about his nuclear weapons work both during World War II and his work on the much more devastating hydrogen bomb during peacetime. Texas and the Universe. Yes, Wheeler has done research on General Relativity, coining the terms “black hole” and “wormhole”.


He tries to overcome his past by throwing himself fully into war work once uqantum sees its importance, but he doesn’t spend much time defending his decision to support Germany for as long as he egons.

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Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics by John Archibald Wheeler

balck He’s in and out, more like one would get if you were at a cocktail party and kept picking up the conversation with him as you rotated throughout the various guests. His career has brought him into contact with the most brilliant minds of his field; Fermi, Bethe, Rabi, Teller, Oppenheimer, and Wigner are among those he called colleagues and friends.

This impressive book tells readers about foaj fascinating life of physicist John Archibald Wheeler. A very interesting and engaging autobiography by one of the smartest theoretical physicists of the twentieth-century.

Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics

A bit dull, but useful for a vigorous lifestyle. It seems he was an adherent of the “my country, right or wrong, my country” philosophy. To see how science was done is crucial for today and tomorrow. Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use. Mar 28, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: In his later years he tried to start a program to reorganize physics around the concept of information: His acknowledges his perspective is limited, so there’s not much depth to some of the big name physicists he describes in brief encounters.

Jun 26, Chris Meger rated it it was amazing. Exciting conversation, yes, but hard to keep up at times. Aug 10, Kari rated it really liked it Shelves: He also notes that his colleague’s defense rested not on whether he was a Communist but whether HUAC should be investigating anyone.

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That could be okay if he focused on one topic and went through all the times it cropped up, then set the clock back to discuss another topic. Return to Book Page. He was the first American to learn of the discovery of nuclear fission, later coined the term “black hole,” led a renaissance in gravitation physics, and helped to build Princeton University into a mecca for physicists.


Dec 25, Drew rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 31, Hugh Chatfield rated it really liked it. Paperbackpages. If your already interested in Physics though, you’d probably enjoy working through it for a while.

From nuclear physics, to quantum theory, to relativity and gravitation, Wheeler’s work has set the trajectory of research for half a century. Also, it stirred so much up in me, part excitement, part questioning, part disagreement, that it must be a good book since it got a conversation going blavk my head and with the person who gave me the book.

John Wheeler was my great uncle. John Quanntum Wheeler came up with the name “black hole,” fitting pioneering work on relativisitic astronomy into a busy schedule of shaping the then-emerging field of quantum mechanics from both scientific and philosophical angles.

Niklasl rated it liked it Dec 28, He ignores the rest of the world, focusing solely on Europe, when he sees vindication quantmu his weapon’s work by the fact that Europe had peace for the longest period ever after the end of World War II.

I saw much more reflection from Oppenheimer, Einstein and Bethe. John Archibald Wheeler’s fascinating life brings us face to face with the central characters and