The Nobel prize-winner was an undoubted genius.
But his fascist sympathies and teasing cruelty alienated his family and colleagues.
Enrico Fermi may not be a name as familiar as Einstein, Feynman or Hawking, but he was one of the greatest figures of 20th-century physics, with a reputation for infallibility.
In Rome, pioneering atomic science under Mussolini, he was nicknamed ‘the Pope’.
Yet he was no Renaissance man: he knew everything about physics, and didn’t care much about anything else.
It is testimony…