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Feynman Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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“These images capture with remarkable sensitivity the essence of Feynman's character. The comic-book picture somehow comes to life and speaks with the voice of the real Feynman.” ―Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books
“Spectacular.” ―The Horn Book, starred review
“...a penetrating and insightful biography” ―Washington Independent Review of Books
“Challenging and thought-provoking” ―VOYA review
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The book takes us through Feynman's early years. It was poignant to see him struggle to feed scientific books to his little sister Joan, in a day when little girls weren't supposed to want to be scientists. We see a puckish Feynman at Los Alamos during the war, and his loving efforts to tend to his ailing wife. After the war, we see him developing his theories of Quantum Electrodynamics and win a Nobel. His efforts to clarify the causes of the Challenger disaster - famously dipping O-ring material into a glass of cold water -- get the coverage they deserve. Only in the last pages does the narrative falter. Feynman's final trial with illness and death are barely shown.
The famous Feynman personality comes across very well in these pages. He is the smirking warrior, sneaking in and out of the Los Alamos compound through a hole in the fence that the military insisted did not exist. His brilliance is more than hinted at. He develops a notation to help him with his quantum calculations. The book is even not afraid to show him as somewhat of a kook and horn dog, ogling pretty coeds, hanging out in hot tubs at Esalen and doing his research in a strip club. The man was unstoppable and inscrutable.
Some of the sciencey sections of the book may be too much.Read more ›
Ottaviani and Myrick manage to capture the essential characteristics that made Feynman such a cherished teacher, scientist, friend, colleague, and public personality. Most importantly, the book succeeds in vividly bringing out Feynman's quintessential quality of almost obsessively staking out his own iconoclastic path both in science and in life. The biography is really a memoir akin to "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman" since it features Feynman's own account of his life, work and intellectual development. The great strength of the book is that it uses close-ups and color to highlight key words and moments from Feynman's life. While the biographical information in the book has been covered in other works and most notably in Feynman's own memoirs, the comic book form has a very different impact because of the combined literary-visual effect it has on the viewer.
For instance, in describing Feynman's time at Los Alamos, one can actually see people's bewildered faces as they struggled to comprehend both his genius in solving intractable physics problems and his wildly successful attempts at safe-breaking.Read more ›
This well done and mostly easy-reading graphic "biography" tells the Feynman story with Feynman as narrator. It is, of course, a posthumous narration and, as such, represents a bit of hagiography on the part of the author (Ottaviani). But the voice of Feynman comes through, and with it, for me, comes a pleasing sense of nostalgia.
What keeps me from five stars is that this is presented as a biography, while it is actually a compilation of Feynman's reminiscences in graphic form. So it is really a posthumous memoir, and if were billed as that I would give it five stars. But it is called a biography, and as such it fails because it lacks any independent or critical viewpoint.
But don't let that keep you from reading it. The Feynman story as told by Feynman is a terrific story, even if his contemporaries might have quibbled with pieces here and there. Love it on its own terms.
Feynman (the graphic novel) is a very accurate retelling of his life story. It hits all the major points of his education, his career and his thoughts on physics and quantum mechanics. The authors include bits from several of his lectures and do a good job showing the quirkiness of the character. They, however, do not fully capitalize on the comic form. This could have been an opportunity to try and illustrate many of Feynman's revelations. Instead, during a lecture the reader gets an illustration of the protagonist lecturing! Biography can always trend a bit more toward's tell rather than show, but as a graphic novel this approach makes for poor sequential art.
If you want to read about a great physicist and need to do with heavy graphic elements then this book is right for you. Otherwise, just dive in to the already existing fantastic prose work about Mr. Feynman.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was unable to download the book - never happened before and I have more than 400 Kindle books I enjoy to read. Nevertheless, I have been charged (probably twice) for $9. Read morePublished 5 months ago by oldcaman
I didn't read the description of this beforehand, and had no idea it was a graphic novel. I lived this more than expected. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RF
gift for old scholar-professor type who enjoyed reading Feynman's lectures. Recipient loved it, enjoyed it very much.Published 11 months ago by jazz n justice
Had no idea this was a graphic novel or comic book when I bought it. Wouldn't have done so if I had known.Published 11 months ago by T. C. Orr
Very Fun read!
Tells a lot about Feynman that most folks don't know. Sometimes it seems disjointed, as if bits were cut out, or cut n pasted. Read more
This is a mostly pleasant and entertaining compilation of various entertaining and significant events from Richard Feynman's life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by The nameless