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Ettore Majorana

Unveiled Genius and Endless Mysteries

  • A new, historically and scientifically accurate biography of one of physics' most brilliant but enigmatic personalities

  • Author is a world-leader in the topics addressed by Majorana

  • Informative and perceptive content provides new insights into the mind of a true genius


Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Dostoyevskian Hero

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 3-21
    3. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 23-42
    4. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 43-64
  3. Power to the Italian School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 67-75
    3. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 77-89
  4. A Legacy from the Grand Inquisitor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 93-105
    3. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 107-119
  5. Investigation of a Disappearance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 123-131
    3. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 133-150
    4. Salvatore Esposito
      Pages 151-172
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-191

About this book


This biography sheds new light on the life and work of physicist Ettore Majorana (including unpublished contributions), as well as on his mysterious disappearance in March 1938. Majorana is held by many, including Nobel Laureate, Enrico Fermi, to have been a genius of the rank of Galilei and Newton. In this intriguing story, the author, himself a leading expert on the work of Majorana, supplements the existing literature with new insights, anecdotes and personal accounts of contemporaries of Majorana. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Complesso Universitario di Monte S. AngeI.N.F.N. -NAPLES' UNIT Complesso Universitario di Monte S. AngeNaplesItaly

About the authors

Salvatore Esposito is a professor in the history of physics and associate professor of theoretical physics, working at the I.N.F.N. (Itlian National Institute for Nuclear Physics) in the Section of Naples. His research interests range from neutrino physics to field theory, and he is considered the world’s leading expert on Majorana's work.

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