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Leon M Lederman

Born: 1922 in New York
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Leon lives in Batavia, Illinois.

Biography: physicist who, along with Melvin Schwartz and Jack Steinberger, received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1988 for their joint research on neutrinos. He is Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, USA. He founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, in Aurora, Illinois in 1986, and has served in the capacity of Resident Scholar since 1998.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Other

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Leon M Lederman on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  From quarks to the cosmos :
ISBN: 071675052X OCLC: 19814602

Scientific American Library : New York : ©1989.

Describes the current views on the nature of space, time, matter, and fundamental forces.

Quantum physics for poets /
ISBN: 1616142332 OCLC: 635483700

Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y. : 2011.

Quantum theory is the bedrock of contemporary physics and the basis of understanding matter in its tiniest dimensions and the vast universe as a whole. But for many, the theory remains an impenetrable enigma. The authors of this book seek to remedy this situation by drawing on both their scientific expertise and their talent for communicating science to the general reader. Their story is partly historical, covering the many "Eureka" moments when great scientists -- Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, and others -- struggled to come to grips with the many bizarre realities that quantum research revealed. Although their findings were indisputably proven in experiments, they were so strange and counterintuitive that Einstein refused to accept quantum theory, despite its great success. The authors explain the many strange and even eerie aspects of quantum reality at the subatomic level, from "particles" that can be many places simultaneously and sometimes act more like waves, to the effect that we humans can have on their movements by just observing them. The authors also delve into quantum physics' latest and perhaps most breathtaking offshoots -- field theory and string theory. The intricacies and ramifications of these two theories will give the reader much to ponder. In addition, the authors describe the diverse applications of quantum theory in its almost countless forms of modern technology throughout the world.

Symmetry and the beautiful universe /
ISBN: 1591025753 OCLC: 171113062

Prometheus, Amherst, N.Y. : 2008.

The god particle :
ISBN: 0618711686 OCLC: 65201257

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 2006.

The world's foremost experimental physicist uses humor, metaphor, and storytelling to delve into the mysteries of matter, discussing the as-yet-to-be-discovered God particle.