The 20th century witnessed an astonishing
revolution in physics, from unlocking the secrets of the atom to solving the
mysteries of the cosmos. It was also the century when radio and television
became widespread, so for the first time we were able to see who the greatest
minds really were. Using rare archive dating back to the 1920s ‘Secrets Of The
Universe: Great Scientists In Their Own Words’ provides a unique insight into
the lives and personalities of some of the most brilliant physicists.
Although intellect and talent were important
to the success of the scientists it was ultimately their characters that drove
the great discoveries. Albert Einstein’s youthful self-confidence, Paul Dirac’s
innate eccentricities, Fred Hoyle’s explicit obstinacy, Martin Ryle’s shrewd
competitiveness, Richard Feynman’s love of the unconventional, Jocelyn
Bell-Burnell’s steadfast doggedness and Stephen Hawkings brilliant conviction
are what is truly responsible for transforming our understanding of life, the
universe and everything.