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If you've read any of Richard Feynman's wonderful autobiographies you may think that a biography of Feynman would be a waste of your time. Wrong! Gleick's Genius is a masterpiece of scientific biography--and an inspiration to anyone in pursuit of their own fulfillment as a person of genius. Deservedly nominated for a National Book Award, underservedly passed over by the committee in the face of tough competition, and very deservedly a book that you must read.
It would be hard to tell personal stories about the late Nobelist Feynman (1918-1988) better than the subject himself did in What Do You Care What Other People Think? To his credit, Gleick does not try. Rather, he depicts Feynman's "curious character" in its real context: the science he helped develop during physics' most revolutionary era. Fans of Feynman's own bestseller, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! , " won't be disappointed by his colleagues' recollections of his reckless obsession with doing science (a grad-school dorm neighbor once opened Feynman's door to find him rolling on the floor as he worked on a problem); but the anecdotes punctuate an expanded account of Feynman the visceral working scientist, not Feynman the iconoclast. This biography wants to measure both the particle and the wave of 20th-century genius--Feynman's, Julian Schwinger's, Murray Gell-Mann's, and others'--in the quantum era. Gleick seems to have enjoyed the cooperation of Feynman's family plus that of a good many of his colleagues from the Manhattan Project and the Challenger inquiry (in which Feynman played a scene-stealing role), and he steadily levies just enough of the burden of Feynman's genius on the reader so that the physicist remains, in the end, a person and not an icon of science. A genius could not hope for better. Gleick is the author of Chaos: The Making of A New Science.
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Warning. This is not an easy book to read. But it is a great book nevertheless. I enjoy science biographies where you actually need to have your phone with you in order to look... Read morePublished 4 days ago by K. L Sadler
Exhaustive exploration of the life and works of Richard Feynman. Somewhat heavy on the science in parts, but while difficult to follow at times was ultimately rewarding and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam J. Becherer
For having never met Feynman, the author did a remarkable job of chronicling his life, achievements, and character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Todd McFarland
As a layman, I learned a lot about physics reading this excellent biography. In order to teach someone about someone as multifaceted as Dr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter B Miller
It may be my fault. I could only get to page 73. The title says the Life and Science of Richard Feynman. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eileen Boggess
Richard Feynman was amazing as a professor and enjoyed his life to the fullest and was not afraid to tell about his mistakes. Great bookPublished 3 months ago by vcraig
This is good but my goodness it is long. It is not so much about Richard Feynman as about the entire history of the physics he was involved in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brass player
A wonderful trip through the life of a real genius. And a easy to read bonus a trip through the 20th century Physics for people interested in the subject. Five stars is not enough.Published 3 months ago by Douglas Lauria
One of my highest rated books for the enjoyment I got out of reading it. I like Gleick's manner of writing and his structure. If you're on the fence, get it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Annie