The Strangest Man

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius is a 2009 biography of quantum physicist Paul Dirac written by British physicist and author, Graham Farmelo, published by Faber and Faber. The book won the Biography Award at the 2009 Costa Book Awards, the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology; the title is based on a comment by physicist Niels Bohr four years before his death that of all the scientists who had visited his institute, Dirac was "the strangest man". Farmelo charts Dirac's life from his upbringing in early 20th-century Bristol, through his years in Cambridge, Göttingen and Princeton up until his death in 1984, that of his wife 18 years later. Throughout the book, Dirac's work and his unusual personality is explored, with his reservedness, apparent lack of empathy, relentless literal-mindedness leading way to several humorous anecdotes. For example, when approached by two graduate students, while on a brief visit to Berkeley, Dirac sat through a brief presentation about their work on quantum field theory, bracing themselves for his perceptive comments, there was a long silence, after which Dirac asked them "Where is the post office?"

Offering to take him there, the students suggested that he could give them his thoughts on their presentation, to which Dirac replied, "I can't do two things at once."The book is divided into thirty-one chapters, each beginning with a short epigraph and covering a set time period, for example, chapter Twenty-one is entitled "January 1936-Summer 1939", begins with a short quote by Paul Carus. The final two chapters break from the dating style, in order to discuss "Dirac's Brain and Persona" and his "Legacy"; the book has a comprehensive set of notes and six pages of black and white photographs. Online literary magazine labeled the book as "a moving human story, a study of one of the most exciting times in scientific history." The magazine placed the book in their "Best of 2009" list as well. Playwright Michael Frayn, who wrote the play Copenhagen, remarked that "this was the biography Farmelo was born to write". American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer Publisher's page

Fall (Overlake album)

Fall is the second studio album from the American rock band Overlake. The eight-track album was released on vinyl, compact disc on digital download on 12 May 2017, with Bar/None Records, it is produced by Tom Beajour. The album is described as shimmering psych pop, is reminiscent of 1990s shoegaze, compared to the music of Guided by Voices, My Bloody Valentine. Barrett notes in an interview with The Jersey Journal, that drummer Nick D'Amore being in the band for year prior to its recording, they "finally landed on our sound and that leads to this record sounding more cohesive."The record release party for Fall was held on 12 May 2017 at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan, New York City, with the bands HEAVEN, Dead Stars. A review by Blurt says the band focuses on "emphasizing melody over crunch with a propulsive rhythm section that never lets things get too wispy. Guitarist Tom Barrett has a mellifluous voice, but with a croon that sounds like Eric Matthews after taking acid, what other kind of music is he going to sing?

Bassist Lysa Opfer chimes in from time to time as well, frosting a vocal blend heavy on the creamy side." On the production New Jersey Stage says Fall is "solid throughout, thanks in part to Tom Beaujour helping to keep the band's endearing pop elements from drowning in waves of delicious noise."For the song "Winter is Why," BrooklynVegan describes it as "hooky, harmony-filled and voluminous while dodging specific reference points." Fall was listed as a local worthy album in PopMatters' list of The Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop of 2017. Tom Barrett – guitar and vocals Nick D'Amore – drums Lysa Opfer – bass and vocals Citations Bibliography