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“Paul Dirac and the Religion of Beauty”

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18:30 – 20:30 11 Nov 2009
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Institute of Physics
76-78 Portland Place
London
W1B 1NT

Speakers: Dr Graham Farmelo

Tea & Coffee available from 6pm.
Dirac was the greatest English theoretical physicist since Newton. Famous for co-discovering quantum mechanics, his beautiful equation for electron behaviour and brilliantly predicting the existence of antimatter. I shall examine the basis and efficacy of this belief and look at the remarkable character, once dubbed 'the Mozart of science'.
Although sceptical of philosophy and religion, in later life Dirac became an apostle for the great importance of mathematical beauty in fundamental physics. It was 'almost a religion' for him
The Branch Dinner follows this lecture. Details of the Branch Dinner, including a booking form, are on the appropriate pdf file on the branch Calendar page, in the September edition of the branch newsletter and under files on the Branch Network page of MYIOP.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: London and South East Branch
Contact details: Email: londonsoutheast@physics.org

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Institute of Physics
76-78 Portland Place
London
W1B 1NT
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18:30 – 20:30 11 Nov 2009
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