By A. Livanova and J. B. Sykes (Auth.)
A biography of Lev Landau, one of many maximum Soviet theoretical physicists, whose occupation was once reduce brief through a catastrophic vehicle twist of fate in 1962 and who used to be nonetheless purely sixty while he died six years later. He gained the Nobel Prize 'for pioneering paintings at the concept of the condensed nation of topic, relatively liquid helium'. however the publication indicates that Landau's characterisation of himself as 'one of the final of the common males of theoretical physics' was once absolutely justified. sincerely and concisely it describes his achievements in all components of theoretical physics from hydrodynamics to the quantum thought of fields. recognition can be paid to his genius as a instructor and mentor of younger scientists, and during the e-book the genuine humanity of the fellow is clear
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Now, seeing that his closest pupil would no longer be able to live and work in Cambridge, Rutherford obtained the agreement of the British Government to the sale of this equipment to the Soviet Union. The basic principles of work and life at the Institute were very clearly stated by Kapitza in his written and spoken announcements. The chief one was that there was to be no dissipation of effort and resources, no triviality. Only "big science" would be studied, the basic phenomena of Nature, leading to a deeper understanding of them and to a knowledge of the essence of things.
He knew absolutely everything, many languages for example, even the most exotic, and added further languages with rapidity and ease. With equal ease he wrote verses, poems, parodies, and not only in Russian; his verses in English have been preserved. He had also memorized a large quantity of others' verse, and could outdo anyone else in this. He was a man of high principles, often sharply so. Recollections of him usually quote such lines as "He smiled and spoke the truth to kings" and "Small in stature but great in spirit".
F o r instance, he simply had to listen to and take part in any serious and significant discussion of science; nor could he agree to anything he did not understand or thought incorrect. It often happened, Kagan recalls, that there was a conversation partly about physics and partly not. Landau genially joined in. But as soon as some important point in physics came up, he immediately became plunged in silent thinking about the question. This remarkable ability to drop everything instantly and ponder about a physics problem that had just been raised was noticed by many.