Portraits of Discovery: Profiles in Scientific Genius
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GEORGE GREENSTEIN is Professor of Astronomy at Amherst College and the author of The Symbiotic Universe and Frozen Star. He is the recipient of both the Phi Beta Kappa Award for science writing and the American Institute of Physics/U.S. Steel Award. His essays appear regularly in the American Scholar magazine.


The Ladies of Observatory Hill: Annie Jump Cannon and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

The Bulldog: Ludwig Boltzmann and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

The Magician: George Gamow.

A Gentleman of the Old School: Homi Bhabha and the Development of Science in India.

Luie's Gadgets: Luis Alvarez and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs.

All Genius and All Buffoon: Richard Feynman.

Big Science: Martin Perl and the World of High Energy Physics.

Our Address in the Universe: Margaret Geller and John Huchra.