Sunday, April 13, 2008

John Archibald Wheeler, RIP

One of the greatest physicists you maybe never heard of, John Archibald Wheeler, died this morning. He was 96.

The NY Times has a good obit that, among other things, contains this fine measure of his worth:

In 1973, Dr. Wheeler and two former students, Dr. Misner and Kip Thorne, of the California Institute of Technology, published "Gravitation," a 1,279-page book whose witty style and accessibility -- it is chockablock with sidebars and personality sketches of physicists -- belies its heft and weighty subject. It has never been out of print.

Even better, however, is the remembrance by a former student, Daniel Holz.

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