Memories of a Theoretical Physicist
by Joseph Polchinski
Publisher: arXiv.org 2017
Number of pages: 151
Probably the target audience is theoretical physicists, especially young ones, who may enjoy comparing my struggles with their own. It will probably have too much physics for a nontechnical reader, and too little for a physicist, but perhaps there will be different things for each.
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