First edition, first impression. Signed by Steven Weinberg on the title page, and with the ownership signature of NASA astrophysicist Dr. Patricia (Padi) Boyd.
These two lectures, on the quest to reconcile relativity and quantum mechanics, were presented at Cambridge in honour of Paul Dirac, one of the primary architects of quantum mechanics, who died in 1984. Authors Richard Feynman and Steven Weinberg are two of the heavyweights of modern physics, whose own work is intimately connected to the theories put forward by Dirac. Feynman worked on the Manhattan project before winning the Nobel Prize for quantum electrodynamics and publishing his best-selling memoir Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. Weinberg received the Nobel for uniting the weak nuclear force with electromagnetism and is considered the leading theoretical physicist active today.
The previous owner of this volume, Dr. Padi Boyd, is the chief of the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory and the Project Scientist for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission launched in 2018. She has worked on the Hubble and Kepler Space Telescopes and the Spectrum X-Gamma mission, and served as Associate Chief of the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory and Associate Director of the Astrophysics Division.
...The 1986 Dirac Memorial Lectures.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece of Paul Dirac by Richard Feynman. Ownership signature in ink on the top edge of the text block and in pencil on the front pastedown. Spine rolled, tail bumped, minor bump to upper corner, light spotting to edges of text block, small, slight indentation to the front joint. A very good copy in the jacket that is a little rubbed and toned with a light spot to the upper panel and a couple of short splits.
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