​David N. Schwartz



​​"David Schwartz's elegant narrative is a formidable achievement, shining a bright light on Enrico Fermi, the most enigmatic physicists of the early atomic era. Schwartz has exhasted the archives and crafted what will certainly stand as the most deeply biographic of this brilliant scientist's tragically short life." - Kai Bird, co-author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.¬†​​

"​One of the finest biographies¬†​of the year, The Last Man Who Knew Everything combines the historic, the scientific, and the personal in a deft way.....Spellbinding." - Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story. ¬†​​

"Enrico Fermi was a singular figure of modern science, and David Schwartz has written a singular biography. His book is unusually adept and nuanced in its appreciation and explanation of both the scientific and humanistic aspects of its subject. It is also a joy to read, as Schwartz has a beautiful authorial voice that is perfectly appropriate for his subject matter: appreciative and sympathetic, without falling into the hyperbolic or uncritical. It is a rare book that will please both the experts and the novices, but I think this is such a rare book."
--- Alex Wellerstein, assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology and author of Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog