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Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
5 Mar 2020 • 50 mins
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the theoretical physicist Dirac (1902-1984), whose achievements far exceed his general fame. To his peers, he was ranked with Einstein and, when he moved to America in his retirement, he was welcomed as if he were Shakespeare. Born in Bristol, he trained as an engineer before developing theories in his twenties that changed the understanding of quantum mechanics, bringing him a Nobel Prize in 1933 which he shared with Erwin Schrödinger. He continued to make deep contributions, bringing abstract maths to physics, beyond predicting anti-particles as he did in his Dirac Equation.With Graham FarmeloBiographer of Dirac and Fellow at Churchill College, CambridgeValerie GibsonProfessor of High Energy Physics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity CollegeAndDavid BermanProfessor of Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary University of LondonProducer: Simon Tillotson