Essay about Enrico Fermi

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     As man seeks further understanding and knowledge of not only the world but also the universe, one cannot forget the scientific achievements of past intellectuals. Italians have played an important part in the scientific world by putting forth their discoveries for the good of all mankind. One such Italian was Enrico Fermi, who from a young age, showed an enriched intellect that would spawn discoveries impacting both positively and negatively on the world. The early years of Enrico's life contained triumphant moments marred by a tragedy. Enrico was born in 1901 in Rome to Alberto Fermi and Ida de
Gattis. Alberto did not work the land to support his family but rather was employed by
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Even though Enrico was deeply affected internally by this loss he showed little outward expression, "his rather taciturn and introverted character prevented him from showing his

feelings.". As a means to come to grips with his brother's loss, Enrico devoted a large portion of his time engrossed in study. This period of intense study allowed Enrico to further appreciate the logistics of math and physics. Enrico satisfied his insatiable knowledge for physics and math by purchasing used books at a book store in one of the open markets within Rome, "He was able to read all manner of books, many of them second hand ones that he had bought at the Campo dei Fiori; for which he picked up a wide variety of knowledge.". The intelligence that Enrico showed to those around him during his early years in Rome exploded during his time spent at university. Enrico, only being seventeen years old at this time attended the University of Pisa for which at that time was considered an excellent institution for the study of math and science. While at university, Enrico, apart from his usual studies learned to appreciate his humorous side through his friend Franco Rasetti who was the founder of the "Anti-Neighbour Society" whose aim was to perform practical jokes on unsuspecting people, "The tricks they played ranged from placing a pan of water on a door left ajar, which would give a shower to the first person

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