A Mind Always in Motion: The Autobiography of Emilio Segrè by Emilio Segrè

By Emilio Segrè

Born in Italy to a well-to-do Jewish relations, Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) grew to become Enrico Fermi’s first graduate scholar in 1928, contributed to the invention of gradual neutrons and was once appointed director of the college of Palermo’s physics laboratory in 1936. whereas vacationing the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California in 1938, he discovered that he were disregarded from his Palermo submit via Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Ernest O. Lawrence employed him to paintings at the cyclotron at Berkeley with Luis Alvarez, Edwin McMillan, and Glenn Seaborg. Segrè used to be one of many first to affix Oppenheimer at Los Alamos, the place he turned a bunch chief at the ny undertaking. In 1959, he received the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the antiproton. He was once a professor of physics at UC Berkeley from 1946 until eventually 1972.

“[A] readable, soaking up, attention-grabbing autobiography... A worthwhile contribution via somebody who witnessed the improvement of a lot of recent nuclear physics. Segrè’s description of the ancient neutron experiments played in Rome in the course of the mid-1930s by means of Enrico Fermi’s crew, of which Segrè was once a member, is of inestimable worth.” — Glenn T. Seaborg, Physics Today

“A brain constantly in movement is Emilio Segrè’s account — released 4 years after his dying in 1989 — of his own existence and his existence in physics... it really is soaking up, relocating in areas and regularly revealing. Segrè famous in his preface, ‘I haven't sought to exhibit manners and tact I by no means had, and i've attempted to regard myself no greater than anybody else.’ He ably succeeded in those purposes.” — Daniel J. Kevles, Nature

“For basic readers with an curiosity within the background of nuclear physics, Segrè... is likely one of the such a lot personable witnesses.” — Publishers Weekly

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