The Strangest Man Reviews
"Starred Review. Farmelo proves himself a wizard at explaining the arcane aspects of particle physics. His great affection for his odd but brilliant subject shows on every page, giving Dirac the biography any great scientist deserves." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Paul Dirac was a giant of 20th-century physics, and this rich, satisfying biography does him justice. [A] nuanced portrayal of an introverted eccentric who held his own in a small clique of revolutionary scientific geniuses." - Kirkus Reviews
"Graham Farmelo has done a splendid job of portraying Dirac and his world. The biography is a major achievement." - Peter Higgs, Times (UK)
"If Newton was the Shakespeare of British physics, Dirac was its Milton, the most fascinating and enigmatic of all our great scientists. And he now has a biography to match his talents: a wonderful book by Graham Farmelo. The story it tells is moving, sometimes comic, sometimes infinitely sad, and goes to the roots of what we mean by truth in science." - Telegraph
"A marvelously rich and intimate study." - New Statesman
"Of the small group of young men who developed quantum mechanics and revolutionized physics almost a century ago, he truly stands out. Paul Dirac was a strange man in a strange world. This biography, long overdue, is most welcome." - The Economist
"Regardless of whether Dirac was autistic or simply unpleasant, he is an icon of modern thought and Farmelo's book gives us a genuine insight into his life and times." - New Scientist
"Farmelo is very good at portraying this locked-in, asocial creature, often with an eerie use of the future-perfect tense, which has the virtue of putting the reader in the same room with people who are long gone." - Los Angeles Times
"This biography is a gift. It is both wonderfully written (certainly not a given in the category Accessible Biographies of Mathematical Physicists) and a thought-provoking meditation on human achievement, limitations and the relations between the two. [T]he most satisfying and memorable biography I have read in years." - New York Times Book Review
"Paul Dirac won a Nobel Prize for Physics at 31. He was one of quantum mechanics founding fathers, an Einstein-level genius. He was also virtually incapable of having normal social interactions. Graham Farmelos biography explains Diracs mysterious life and work." - Time Magazine
"Farmelo did not pick the easiest biography to write - its subject lived a largely solitary life in deep thought. But Dirac was also beset with tragedy and in that respect, the author proposes some novel insights into what shaped the man." - Library Journal
"[A] highly readable and sympathetic biography of the taciturn British physicist who can be said, with little exaggeration, to have invented modern theoretical physics. The book is a real achievement, alternately gripping and illuminating." - American Scientist
The information about The Strangest Man shown above was first featured
in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks.
In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication.
If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel
that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available,
please send us a message with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added.