Richard Feynman: A Life in Science

Richard Feynman: A Life in Science Review

The appetite for anecdotes and explanations of Richard Feynman's ability to make physics attractive is immediately satisfied in this unique biographyThe day Richard Feynman died, students at the California Institute of Technology hung a banner across the face of its library that read, simply, "We love you, Dick". To students of physics all over the world, Feynman was living proof that to lead a life in science you do not need ice water for blood and the mind of a Cray computer. This was a man who combined practical joking, safe-cracking, and bongo-playing with superlative teaching and brilliant insights.

Although everyone knows that Feynman was a great scientist, few people could tell you even the name of the work for which he is acknowledged. The name of Hawking is associated with black holes, Darwin with evolution, Einstein with relativity. But Feynman? He was just a "scientist", which is ironic since his greatest work was actually in the area of quantum electrodynamics, a subject of enormous fascination to non-scientists today.

Arguably the greatest physicist of his generation -- and undoubtedly one of the most eccentric -- Feynman's contributions are well illustrated in "Richard Feynman: A Life in Science", and readers are sure to grasp his remarkable contribution to scientific understanding through the book's friendly and accessible style.
-- The biographical format offers an excellent way for non specialist readers to explore one of the more complex worlds of science.
-- Richard Feynman's own collection of essays Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman was a national bestseller

Title:Richard Feynman: A Life in Science
Edition Language:English

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  • Michael

    It's not often that I read a biography of a scientist in the space of a couple of days. However, Richard Feynman was a fascinating man, and I had a hard time putting the book down.If you enjoyed Feynm...

  • Tom

    I like books by/about Feynman, and have read many. This biography is very enjoyable, and deserves attention compared to the better-known book by Gleick. I actually liked this more than Gleick. Though ...

  • Michael

    As long as there is another Feynman book out there, I'll have something to read. Fascinating life....

  • Patricia

    Richard P. Feynman was one of the greatest physicists of all time. This book provides a short overview of his background and his many accomplishments.The book begins with Feynman's childhood in New Yo...

  • David

    Enjoyable read, but at times made difficult by the physics explanations and the somewhat disjointed timelines. Very good at describing somebody for whom very high end physics and indeed all maths was ...

  • Recai Bookreader

    This was a biography as it should be: very fluently written, not boring the reader with needless details, giving a fulfilling overview of the work accomplished by Feynman. It is also a good, although ...

  • Glglgl

    Ein interessantes und informatives Buch über das Leben des Physikers Richard P. Feynman. Allerdings auch ein Beweis dafür, dass kritiklose Bewunderung keine gute Haltung ist, aus der heraus sich ein...

  • Jeff

    I didn't really know a lot about this man until I was loaned this book. Wow. He's amazing person and he advanced Quantum Physics farther than Einstein himself. To get a glimpse into the character and ...

  • Gerhard Jason

    Too much science. My brain is too small. I had to put it down......

  • Solor

    Very interesting. Yet the technical part not enjoyable....