Graham Farmelo on Paul Dirac and his concept of Mathematical Beauty

Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University in Boston, Graham Farmelo, on Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty. Apart from Einstein, Paul Dirac was probably the greatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century. Dirac, co-inventor of quantum mechanics, is now best known for conceiving of anti-matter and also for his deeply eccentric behavior. For him, the most important attribute of a fundamental theory was its mathematical beauty, an idea that he said was “almost a religion” to him.

 

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Sankalp Ghatpande

Student of MS Information and Computer Science. Interested in Research @ Information Security | Cryptology | Quantum information science.

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