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By Emilio Segre

The popular physicist Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) left his memoirs to be released posthumously simply because, he acknowledged, "I inform the reality how it used to be and never the best way lots of my colleagues want it had been." This compelling autobiography deals a private account of his interesting existence in addition to candid images of a few of this century's most crucial scientists, akin to Enrico Fermi, E. O. Lawrence, and Robert Oppenheimer.Born in Italy to a well-to-do Jewish relatives, Segrè confirmed early indicators of clinical genius--at age seven he started a workstation of physics experiments. He turned Fermi's first graduate pupil in 1928 and contributed to the invention of gradual neutrons, and later used to be appointed director of the physics laboratory on the collage of Palermo. whereas traveling the Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley in 1938, he realized that he have been pushed aside from his Palermo submit via Mussolini's Fascist regime. Lawrence then 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 affix Oppenheimer at Los Alamos, the place he grew to become a gaggle chief at the long island undertaking. His account of that mysterious enclave of scientists, all operating feverishly to advance the atomic bomb earlier than the Nazis did, contains his description of the 1st explosion at Alamogordo.Segrè writes movingly of the private devastation wrought by way of the Nazis, his struggles with fellow scientists, and his love of nature. His e-book bargains an intimate glimpse right into a bygone period in addition to a different standpoint on probably the most vital clinical advancements of this century.

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That year the ice and snow conditions on the mountain were difficult, and ours had not been an easy enterprise. During our stay at Breuil, we met the duca degli Abruzzi, a cousin of the king of Italy and a noted explorer, as well as the famous writer and mountain climber Guido Rey. The latter invited us for tea at his villa and gave me some pictures. The Breuil too has been disfigured by much new construction and automobile traffic since World War II. In our day, the easiest access was by a mule trail from Val Tournanche.

I was required to pass also an examination in "Higher Physics" as taught by Professor Antonino Lo Surdo. He was Fermi's avowed enemy, and his feelings were reciprocated. He had opposed Fermi's call to the Rome chair, stating that such a call was a personal slight to him. Scientifically, the man was badly out of date. He knew Drude's optics and J. J. Thomson's gas discharge book, but he was about thirty years behind his time, both in his teaching and in his anemic research. In class he showed beautiful experiments, but his lectures did not convey anything of vital import.

Moyer (191273), who was for a time my colleague. As a young man, he had wanted to be a Protestant missionary and trained for that calling, but the war made him into a superior physicist. He worked at the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley and in due course played a major part in the discovery of the neutral pion. However, his real desire was to help his fellow men. id=d0e351 (9 of 10) [3/22/2003 3:25:37 PM] A Mind Always in Motion the administration and of the rebellious students. When things quieted down, he went to India to help in the setting up of a technical institute there.

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