M. Shifman is the Ida Cohen Fine Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota. One of the world's leading experts on quantum chromodynamics and supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories, he received his PhD (1976) from the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics in Moscow. In 1990 he moved to the United States to assume his present position as a member of the William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Minnesota. He has had the honor of receiving the Alexander von Humboldt Award, the 1999 Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, and the 2006 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize for outstanding contributions to physics. He was elected as the 2007 Lauréat des Chaires Internationales de Recherche Blaise Pascal in France. He has authored several books, over 300 scientific publications, and a number of popular articles and articles on the history of high-energy physics.
Caught between two evils — Soviet Communism and German National Socialism — she would have probably perished if it were not for the brotherhood of physicists: Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli, Albert Einstein, James Franck, Max Born, Robert Oppenheimer and many other noted scientists who tried to save friends and colleagues (either leftist sympathizers or Jews) who were in mortal danger of being entrapped in a simmering pre-WWII Europe.
Using newly discovered documents from the Houtermans family archive: twenty three Pauli's letters to Charlotte Houtermans, her correspondence with other great physicists, Charlotte's diaries, interviews with her children, almost all documents presented in this book are published for the first time.