Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist

Paperback | February 15, 2012

byGordon Fraser

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This book presents a biography of Abdus Salam, the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize for Science (Physics 1979), who was nevertheless excommunicated and branded as a heretic in his own country. His achievements are often overlooked, even besmirched. Realizing that the whole world had to behis stage, he pioneered the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, a vital focus of Third World science which remains as his monument. A staunch Muslim, he was ashamed of the decline of science in the heritage of Islam, and struggled doggedly to restore it to its former glory.Undermined by his excommunication, these valiant efforts were doomed.

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This book presents a biography of Abdus Salam, the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize for Science (Physics 1979), who was nevertheless excommunicated and branded as a heretic in his own country. His achievements are often overlooked, even besmirched. Realizing that the whole world had to behis stage, he pioneered the International Cent...

Dr. Gordon Fraser was educated at Imperial College, London (BSc 1st class honours, Physics and Mathematics, 1964; PhD, Theory of Elementary Particles, 1967) . During the 1960s, Fraser wrote some short-story fiction as a hobby. By 1970 Fraser combined two very different interests by becoming a reporter for Computer Weekly and later retu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697124

ISBN - 13:9780199697120

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Table of Contents

1. A turban in Stockholm2. The tapestry of a sub-continent3. Messiahs, Mahdis and Ahmadis4. A mathematical childhood5. From mathematics to physics6. The men who knew infinities7. Not so splendid isolation8. 'Think of something better'9. The arrogant theory10. Uniting nations of science11. Trieste12. Electroweak13. Quark Liberation Front14. Demise15. Prejudice and prideBibliography

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"Fascinating and delightful. Although I knew Salam well, I learned much from this account. Salam's truly remarkable multi-faceted character is well mirrored here. The book is beautifully written, and handles many delicate political and personal issues with sensitivity and understanding. Veryauthoritative and insightful, giving a rounded picture of a very complex man." --Tom Kibble, Imperial College London