Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist

ISBN : 9780199697120

Gordon Fraser
320 Pages
137 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2012
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This book presents a biography of Abdus Salam, the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize for Science (Physics 1979), who was nevertheless excommunicated and branded as a heretic in his own country. His achievements are often overlooked, even besmirched. Realizing that the whole world had to be his stage, he pioneered the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, a vital focus of Third World science which remains as his monument. A staunch Muslim, he was ashamed of the decline of science in the heritage of Islam, and struggled doggedly to restore it to its former glory. Undermined by his excommunication, these valiant efforts were doomed.


1. A turban in Stockholm
2. The tapestry of a sub-continent
3. Messiahs, Mahdis and Ahmadis
4. A mathematical childhood
5. From mathematics to physics
6. The men who knew infinities
7. Not so splendid isolation
8. 'Think of something better'
9. The arrogant theory
10. Uniting nations of science
11. Trieste
12. Electroweak
13. Quark Liberation Front
14. Demise
15. Prejudice and pride

About the author: 

Educated Imperial College, London (BSc 1st class honours, Physics and Mathematics, 1964; PhD, Theory of Elementary Particles, 1967) . During the 1960s, Fraser wrote some short-story fiction as a hobby. By 1970 Fraser combined two very different interests by becoming a reporter for Computer Weekly and later returned to science as an in-house writer and editor at major laboratories. From 1980-2002 Fraser was Editor of CERN Courier, the monthly magazine of the international high energy physics community. He has given talks at university science departments, in a mosque, and for TV programmes.

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