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He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity with his friend and colleague Albert Einstein. 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. 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. In this rich autobiography, Wheeler reveals in fascinating detail the excitement of each discovery, the character of each colleague, and the underlying passion for knowledge that drives him still.

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Shelves: memoir An interesting romp through the physics of the 20th Century. John Wheeler was involved with many of the ideas and, it seems, almost all of the major figures who turned our traditional view of the world upside down. The book is worth the read just for this tour de force through non-classical physics. I felt that the book could have undergone another round of editing. An interesting romp through the physics of the 20th Century.

The narrative jumps back and forth through time. 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. Exciting conversation, yes, but hard to keep up at times.

It seems he was an adherent of the "my country, right or wrong, my country" philosophy. I saw much more reflection from Oppenheimer, Einstein and Bethe. Wheeler never explores the impact of his weapons work on others.

He neglects to mention the proxy wars fought between the East and the West in Africa e. Congo, Angola , Latin America e. Intersecting both the man and the memoir, I felt there was a huge lack of humility on his part. But I felt as if physics in the 20th century would never have happened if Mr. Having ranted for several paragraphs, I want to conclude by saying that this is a book worth reading for many people.

To see how science was done is crucial for today and tomorrow. 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 in my head and with the person who gave me the book.

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

Shelves: memoir An interesting romp through the physics of the 20th Century. John Wheeler was involved with many of the ideas and, it seems, almost all of the major figures who turned our traditional view of the world upside down. The book is worth the read just for this tour de force through non-classical physics. I felt that the book could have undergone another round of editing.

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