The Strangest Man
I did find the first few chapters of the book, on Dirac's early life, rather hard going, and I began to wonder whether there was going to be enough of interest to say about Dirac to fill a 500 page book. Fortunately there was. As Dirac climbed the academic ladder his genius became obvious, and he was soon working at the forefront of theoretical quantum theory. Farmelo deals well with this aspect of Dirac's life, giving a description of the work he was doing without going into the highly mathematical details. We hear how the Dirac equation predicted the existence of antimatter, but there was a tendency to think that this was just an artifact of the mathematics.
You might think that Dirac spent every waking hour in his study, but in fact he went along with the idea that four hours a day was about as much time anyone could spend on such advanced mathematics, and he had plenty of time for other interests, as well as for travelling to meet his colleagues.
Dirac didn't seem the marrying type but he did marry and raise a family. As he grew older he began to lose touch with the forefront of quantum theory - although he did work on a forerunner of String Theory. I felt that the way that Dirac's ideas fitted in to the rest of physics is an important part of the book - it's worth reading for this glimpse into the development of 20th century physics, as well as to find out about the life of this unique character.