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Science journalist Johnson (Peppermint Twist, coauthor) presents a well-rounded biography of the brilliant, contrarian scientist Fritz Zwicky (1898–1974). Zwicky, who as a young man left his homeland of Switzerland for California, becoming a Caltech physics professor in 1927, is perhaps most famous for his work on supernovas. He is also credited with conceiving of dark matter—though after suggesting its existence he did not pursue the subject further —and won a Medal of Freedom for his service during and immediately after WWII, including developing propulsion systems to allow fighter planes to lift off of aircraft carriers, debriefing German rocket designers, and reporting on the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Johnson covers Zwicky’s numerous professional feuds fairly, noting both when Zwicky was in the right and wrong, and doesn’t hesitate to mention Zwicky’s more bizarre proposals, like the earth-burrowing “terrajet,” or his refusal to accept some now widely accepted concepts—notably, the expanding universe. A few brief chapters on the current search for dark matter, interspersed throughout, come across as out of place, given Zwicky’s limited involvement with the field. Otherwise, this study stands as an evenhanded examination of a pugnacious and imaginative genius, and it should spark new interest in Zwicky, particularly among space and rocketry enthusiasts. (Sept.) Reviewed on : 07/09/2019 Release date: 09/01/2019 Genre: Nonfiction Buy this book Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Zeebra Books Discover what to read next TIP SHEET MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE ADVERTISEMENT About Us| Contact Us| Submission Guidelines| Subscriber Services| Advertising Info| Terms of Use| Privacy Policy| Calls for Info| Editorial Calendar| Archives| Press| FAQ © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. News Obituaries Book Deals Financial Reporting Page to Screen Bookselling Awards & Prizes Publisher News Comics Business Deals Shows & Events Cooking People Religion Audio Books Manufacturing Marketing PW Tip Sheet Licensing Book It BookExpo Reviews Fiction Mystery/Thriller Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Romance/Erotica Comics Poetry Inspirational Fiction Nonfiction Lifestyle Religion Children's Web Exclusive BookLife Bestsellers Bio & Autobio Children's Frontlist Fiction Children's Picture Books Comics Fantasy Food & Drink Hardcover Frontlist Fiction Hardcover Frontlist Nonfiction History & Poli-Sci Mass Market Frontlist Mystery Religion Fiction Religion Nonfiction Romance Science Fiction Top 10 Overall Trade Paper Frontlist Children's Authors Book News Industry News Authors Profiles Interviews Why I Write BookLife MFA Announcements Adult Announcements Children's Announcements Religion Listings On-Sale Calendar Galley Talk Digital Devices Copyright Retailing Conferences Content / e-books Apps Digital MarketplaceThe Roundup International Deals News Trade Shows Frankfurt Book Fair London Book Fair New York Rights Fair Translation Database Job ZoneJob Moves Opinion ShelfTalker Soapbox Editorials Common Core Open Book X X Loading...