Paul Dirac was the greatest English theoretical physicist since Newton. He is famous for co-discovering quantum mechanics, for his beautiful equation for the behaviour of the electron and for brilliantly predicting the existence of antimatter.
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. In this talk the speaker will examine the basis and efficacy of this belief and also look at the remarkable character of this great theoretician, once dubbed ‘ the Mozart of Science’.