Talk:Paul Dirac

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Internal links and syntax[edit]

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Bristol upbringing[edit]

I've stuck up on flickr one pic of a house in Bristol (Cotham Road, Bristol, BS6) which has a [1] under a CC, license; anyone is free to stick it up on wikimedia and then link to it from here. There's another house in bishopston where he apparently grew up, 15 monk road, which is on streetview [2]. I could try getting a photo of that one too.

What I don't have is reliable data on when he lived in these houses, indeed, it's not clear that paul himself lived in cotham road, or whether it was just his parents and elder brother.

According to Farmelo's biography, the move to Monk Road took place in April 1913, when Paul Dirac was 10.Redcliffe maven (talk) 17:36, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 10 October 2015[edit]

In the External links section, please change the link for "Free online access to Dirac's classic 1920s papers from Royal Society's Proceedings A"



(the current link is obsolete and gives a page with non-working links to the actual papers)

Iceblink (talk) 00:27, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

Done. Thank you for finding the new URL. Dirac66 (talk) 01:25, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

Requested Citation for Dirac's magnetic monopole claim[edit]


It's quite weird that I was required to post here, as you have forbidden unregistered users from making (productive) edits.

But, I digress. I would like to tidy up the statement for which a citation was requested by User:Ashiataka and also, of course, provide the citation.

The claim is "In 1933, following his 1931 paper on magnetic monopoles, Dirac showed that the existence of a single magnetic monopole in the universe would suffice to explain the observed quantisation of electrical charge"

However I think this is slightly incorrect. I do not think the year 1933 is involved at all.

From what I can gather, Dirac was saying the existence of any magnetic charge implies that electric charge is quantised. The introduction of the theoretical construct of a magnetic monopole merely facilitated a framework where one could assume such a charge exists. Indeed, if User:Ashiataka took a few minutes (if that) to read the magnetic monopole page, a similar argument to the one above is provided (with additional citations). I therefore believe the passage should therefore read something like:

"In 1931, Dirac proposed that the existence of a single magnetic monopole in the universe would suffice to explain the quantisation of electrical charge" [1]

Cheers! (talk) 23:19, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for this citation, which I have now added to the article. The block on nonregistered users has been placed because of past vandalism of this article. The simplest way to get permission to edit protected pages is to register. Dirac66 (talk) 01:42, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Dirac denounced Quantum Field Theory[edit]

At 42:30 into this video, Dirac denounced Quantum Field Theory as an abomination. Should not this be reflected in Wikipedia's article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:33, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ Dirac, P. A. M. (1931). "Quantised Singularities in the Electromagnetic Field". Proceedings of the Royal Society A. The Royal Society. 133: 60–72. doi:10.1098/rspa.1931.0130.