Best known outside the scientific community for the Nobel Prize in Physics he won in 1991, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes was exceptional amongst scientists for the breadth and depth of his contributions in multiple fields of physics. He was also much ahead of his time in his desire to break down barriers between scientific disciplines and between fundamental and applied science. He was equally unusual in his willingness to explain the nature and purpose of his work to society at large and to young people in particular. Laurence Pl(r)vert''s fascinating work retraces the influences and experiences that moulded this complex, charismatic, charming and eclectic genius. It follows him from his unconventional childhood on the fringes of the old French aristocracy and in war-divided France, through his glittering school and early scientific career, up to the revolutionary breakthroughs in fields as diverse as superconductivity, liquid crystals, polymers and soft matter, culminating in the final consecration of the Nobel prize. Constructed from exclusive interviews with the physicist himself, his family, friends and colleagues, this biography immerses us in the work and character of a truly remarkable figure, a Renaissance man of the 20th centurFortunately, everything went well, more than can be said of the parade ground drills. aYou damn well cana#39;t march in step! a, raged the drill sergeant. Instead of parading at the November 11 ceremony as planned, the young scientists were confined to the Richelieu. The drill sergeant had given up trying to teach them to march in time. ... He kept a language manual with him during long navy exercises .
|Title||:||Pierre-Gilles de Gennes|
|Publisher||:||World Scientific - 2011-09|