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Fritz Zwicky biography.

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I'm about half way through this new biography and am enjoying it. While I don't think it's the best-written biography I've ever read I must say I'm finding it hard to put down. Zwicky certainly merits a substantial biography and turns out to be much more than the irascible conflict-monger which is how he often appears in histories of science. He had a considerable input into early rocketry and, in his spare time, was an accomplished and rock-hard alpinist. All interesting stuff.  I bought the Kindle edition which is quite pricey but that's probably because it's a recent release. No regrets though, it's compulsive.

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I saw this reviews in S@N and thought it be worth a read. Ordered and due for delivery to morrow.

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I just finished the book this morning and am more glad than ever that I read it. While the chronology is sometimes a little disjointed, leading to moments of repetition, and while I was never entirely convinced that the author had really found Fritz Zwicky, this man had such a huge personality that an imperfect portrait can still be resoundlingly worth studying.

About the only Bill Bryson book I haven't read is his Short History of Nearly Everything. According to Zwicky's biographer, Bryson rather plays Zwicky for laughs and quotes his scientific detractors. If so, this won't do at all because Zwicky, at his best, was one of the most penetrating astronomers in the history of science. His prediction of the neutron star some 35 years ahead of the Crab Pulsar discovery and his discovery of the missing mass/dark matter problem speak for themselves. Let's hear it for Fritz Zwicky!

Olly

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On ‎03‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 15:00, ollypenrice said:

..... No regrets though, it's compulsive.

Olly

 

Thanks Olly. Compulsive is good.

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