MANGILAO, Guam (PRWEB) June 08, 2012
Being the son of two prominent scientists has its advantages; most notably – content. Peter C. Mayer, son of renowned chemist Joseph E. Mayer and Nobel laureate physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer, regaled his friends and colleagues with tales of his mother and father. When a colleague suggested he collect his stories in a book, Mayer became intrigued.
In his new book Son of (Entropy)2: Personal Memories of a Son of a Chemist, Joseph E. Mayer, and a Nobel Prize Winning Physicist, Maria Goeppert Mayer (published by Author House), Peter presents a collection of vignettes about his famous parents.
“The book differs from other biographies of Maria and the biographies and memoir of Joseph,” says Peter. “Unlike other sources, Son of (Entropy)2 is principally concerned with their non-professional accomplishments.”
Set in both Germany and the U.S., Son of (Entropy)2 takes an unprecedented look at the scientists’ lives together, both as husband and wife and as parents. Peter particularly pays tribute to his mother, who blazed a trail for women in the field of science. He documents her career at Sarah Lawrence College and chronicles her and Joseph’s support of the war efforts during World War II, Joe at the Ballistics Research Laboratory of Aberdeen Proving Grounds and Maria with the Manhattan (nuclear bomb) Project.
Throughout his storytelling, Peter highlights his parents’ sharp sense of humor. “I hope anyone who believed that prominent people and accomplished women are stogy learn better from the book. I also hope that the readers are happy about my parent’s good life.”
About the Author
Peter C. Mayer is the son of chemist, Joseph E. Mayer and Nobel Prize winning physicist, Maria Goeppert Mayer. He has a bachelor's degree in physics from California Institute of Technology and subsequent degrees in economics from the University of California (Berkeley). He taught economics at the University of California (Berkeley), San Francisco State University, Miami University (Ohio), University of Guam, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Kobe University (Japan) and Institute of Business Adminstration, Karachi, Pakistan.
Now in semi-retirement, he amuses himself by making economic models of animal behavior. He calls this the first stage of senility, since in high school, with his father's encouragement, he knew he wanted to be a behaviorist biologist. His first venture into biology, "Economic Models of Fish Shoal (School) Size" in Journal of Bioeconomics, has one characteristic of his father single venture into biology as a joint author. Both papers are written like a patent.
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