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Dirac (2006)
Dietmar Dath
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The protagonist tries to write a novel about the mathematician and physicist Paul Dirac. Excerpts from Dirac's works and Geoffrey A. Landis' novel "Ripples in the Dirac Sea" are implemented in the plot, so you can learn a lot about mathematics and quantum physics.

(As far as I know, this novel is currently only available in the original German. Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

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MotifReal Mathematicians,
TopicMathematical Physics,

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