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Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the 20th century, Richard Feynman changed the way we think about quantum mechanics, the most perplexing of all physical theories. Here Lawrence M. Krauss, himself a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, offers a unique scientific biography: a rollicking narrative coupled with clear and novel expositions of science at the limits. An immensely colorful person in and out of the office, Feynman revolutionized our understanding of nature amid a turbulent life. From the death of Feynman’s childhood sweetheart during the Manhattan Project to his reluctant rise as a scientific icon, Krauss presents that life as seen through the science, providing a new understanding of the legacy of a man who has fascinated millions. An accessible reflection on the issues that drive physics today, Quantum Man captures the story of a man who was willing to break all the rules to tame a theory that broke all the rules.
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By Tom Miller on 04-23-11
Richard Feynman's Science
As the narrator/author states up front, this book is more about the science of Richard Feynman than his life adventures that are well known. I was impressed, however, that the author could keep the science of particle physics interesting even for non-physicists. It is not that you don't have to pay attention. I'm a electrical engineer with a more than a few physics clases under my belt, but the text was sometimes a challenge to keep up with while driving around in the car (the way I learn most things these days). I have an e-book version also and now plan to take a more leisurely read to grasp a bit more.
What I really enjoyed from this book is how the author describes Richard Feynman's mental process in finding solutions. Most popular biographies of great people (especially scientists) center on personal relationships along a chronological path but I prefer to know how the subject thought and dealt with life, both the successes and failures.
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By pplinux on 08-28-11
Very good book. Not an easy listen
This a very good book on the science of Richard Feynman. This is not the sort of book that you can listen to while driving and not paying attention. There are several science concepts that require concentration. I would say the book is about 65% science 35% history. If you read James Gleick's biography on Feynman(also great) there is not much more in terms of historical info. If you want more historical info read Gleick. If you want to learn about Feynman's science get this. I recommend you get both (I did).
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