Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin will discuss their New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice biography, The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age, at Dorothea’s House on Sunday, November 5, at 5 p.m.
Called “the Pope” by his peers, Enrico Fermi is arguably the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo and a founder of modern physics. The Pope of Physics, an examination of the human dramas that touched Fermi’s life as well as a history of scientific innovation in the twentieth century, describes his early years in Italy and subsequent migration to the U.S., where he played a pivotal role in the development of the atomic bomb.
Gino Segrè is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting professor at M.I.T. and Oxford University, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of theoretical physics at the National Science Foundation. He is the author of several books of scientific history: Ordinary Geniuses, Faust in Copenhagen, and A Matter of Degrees.
Bettina Hoerlin taught healthcare disparities at the University of Pennsylvania for sixteen years. She also has been a visiting lecturer at Haverford College and Oxford University. Her career in health policy and administration included serving as Philadelphia’s health commissioner. The author of Steps of Courage: My Parents’ Journey from Nazi Germany to America, she grew up in Los Alamos.
Dorothea’s House is located at 120 John Street in Princeton. The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Seating is limited and programs frequently fill to capacity. Participants are encouraged to bring refreshments to share at the reception following the program.