By Balazs Hargittai
Candid technology V: Conversations with well-known Scientists comprises 36 interviews with famous scientists, together with 19 Nobel laureates, Wolf Prize winners, and different luminaries. those in-depth conversations supply a glimpse into the best achievements in technology in the past few a long time, that includes tales of the discoveries, and exhibiting the human drama in the back of them. the best scientists are introduced into shut human proximity as though readers have been having a talk with them. This quantity departs from the former ones in that it includes interviews with mathematicians as well as physicists, chemists, and biomedical scientists. one other peculiarity of this quantity is that it contains 9 interviews from one other undertaking, the gathering of the past due Clarence Larson, former Commissioner of the Atomic strength fee and his spouse, Jane ("Larson Tapes"). The 36 interviewees contain recognized personalities of our time, corresponding to Donald Coxeter, John Conway, Roger Penrose, Alan Mackay, Dan Shechtman, Charles Townes, Arthur Schawlow, Leon Cooper, Alexei Abrikosov, Luis Alvarez, William Pickering, William Fowler, Vera Rubin, Neta Bahcall, Rudolf Peierls, Emilio Segre, Harold Agnew, Clarence Larson, Nelson Leonard, Princess Chulabhorn, Linus Pauling, Miklos Bodanszky, Melvin Calvin, Donald Huffman, Alan MacDiarmid, Alan Heeger, Jens Christian Skou, Paul Lauterbur, Gunther Stent, John Sulston, Renato Dulbecco, Baruch Blumberg, Arvid Carlsson, Oleh Hornykiewicz, Paul Greengard, and Eric Kandel.
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Without implying the works of anything supernatural. I’m non-religious. Roger Penrose, 2000 (photograph by I. Hargittai). 37 3 ROGER PENROSE R oger Penrose (b. 1931 in Colchester, Essex, England) is the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, at the University of Oxford. Sc. D. in algebraic geometry from Cambridge University. A. His awards include the Wolf Prize (Israel), the Dannie Heinemann Prize, the Royal Medal of the Royal Society, the Dirac Medal, and the Albert Einstein Prize. He is also a critically-acclaimed science writer.
It was very important, no question about that. He was interested in human genetics and the inheritance of mental illness. His first name was Lionel, he was at University College London, and he was very well known. The thing that influenced me particularly was his general attitude to science and mathematics and fun puzzles. Again, with him there was no clear line between what he did for his serious work and what he did for pure enjoyment. He used to be a chess problemist. There was a lot of chess-playing in the family, my younger brother particularly, he was British chess champion ten times, but I was not particularly interested in chess.
There is no prospect of changing it to a rational system. If I propose a new system of naming, this means that I have to just throw away that community because I can’t get to them. I perfectly well understand the reasons and wouldn’t even want to argue about them, they’re just too invested in the system as it is. And it works. And it works, yes. But the point is, as a mathematician, my aims are different. I want to understand the thing. Let me give you an example. There are these little shells in the electronic structure of the atom, the s, p, d, f shells, where s, p, d, f are the initial letters of various words, which indicate various properties of the spectra.
Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists (Pt. 5) by Balazs Hargittai