[A] superb biography. . .[the authors] have produced a definitive study of Fermi's life and work.ANDREW CRUMEYThe Wall Street Journal
First popular cradle-to-grave biography in English of the most famous Italian science investigator since Galileo Galilei. Segrè and Hoerlin seek a new perspective. They quickly hit their stride….NATURE.
[An] impressive new biography...[Segrè and Hoerlin] have combined sophisticated understanding of Fermi’s scientific achievements with intimate, often charming stories of the famed physicist’s personal life, to create a book that’s both intelligent and extremely engaging...a story filled with drama, creativity, adventure.THE WASHINGTON POST.
Few writers are better positioned than that duo to bring Fermi's story to light....Combining family lore with intensive research, Segrè and Hoerlin offer unique insights into Fermi's life and work, set against the background of politics and the early years of the Atomic Age.DALLAS MORNING NEWS.
Fermi, who excelled in so many areas . . . resists simple iconization . . .a quick-paced and highly readable account that manages to distill Fermi's rich and productive life into a little over 300 pages....[a] welcome and admirable biography.NATURAL HISTORY MAGAZINE.
Had Fermi turned his intuition to the problem it is likely that fission would have been discovered in Italy in early 1935, and not nearly four years later in Germany. Were that the case, Segrè and Hoerlin point out, it is possible that Hitler would have had an atomic bomb to use during the Second World War.NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.
- Editor’s Choice, New York Times Book Review: THE POPE OF PHYSICS: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age. An assured and informative biography of the pioneering nuclear scientist.
- Amazon Best Book of Month (Nonfiction) for November 2016
- “By placing stunning scientific advances into historical context, this engaging biography of Nobel Prize–winning Italian physicist Enrico Fermi (1901–1954) captures the life and times of one of the 20th century’s most creative and hard-working scientists…fans of pop science and history will thoroughly enjoy this entertaining and accessible biography of a scientist who deserves to be better understood.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review
- “[An] illuminating biography of the immigrant genius who earned a prime place among the elite scientists who watched the planet’s first mushroom cloud rise above New Mexico sands…By exploring Fermi’s friendships, his marriage and family life, and his postwar concerns about morality in an atomic age, the authors also give readers glimpses into something of Fermi’s personal, nonscientific attributes. A balanced portrait, rich in revealing anecdotes.” ―Booklist, starred review
EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS
- March 27, 2017 Reading at Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, N.M.
- April 12, 2017 Reading at Labyrinth Bookstore, Princeton, N.J.
- May 10, 2017 2016 Book Prize winner: ceremony and reading, Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA
- June 3, 2017 Author Event, World Science Festival, New York
- June 21, 2017 Reading at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Martha’s Vineyard
- September 15, 2017 Public lecture at FermiLab, Chicago
- November 5, 2017 Talk at Dorothea’s House of Italian Culture, Princeton
EVENTS BY INVITATION ONLY
- February 23, 2017
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
- March 8, 2017
Program on Science and Global Security
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
- March 28, 2017
Santa Fe Institute
Santa Fe, New Mexico
- November 13, 2017
New York, New York
- November 28, 2017
Italian Cultural Institute, Chicago
- November 29, 2017
Argonne National Laboratory
- November 30, 2017
University of Chicago