Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

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Richard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker.

In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man's life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman's exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death.

Anyone who ever wanted to know more about Richard P. Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, the fine art of the bongo drums, the outrageously obscure nation of Tuva, or the development and popularization of the field of physics in the United States need look no further than this rich and joyful work.

One of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011

One of Horn Book's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011


About Jim Ottaviani

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Jim Ottaviani has written nonfiction, science-oriented comics since 1997, notably the number one New York Times bestseller, Feynman. He has worked as a nuclear engineer, caddy, programmer, and reference librarian. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Maris Wicks lives with fellow primate Joe Quinones and their cat, Biggs, in Somerville, Massachusetts.  She has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and written stories for Image and DC Comics.  When she's not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium.  She is an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas.
Published June 4, 2013 by First Second. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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... Tintin: 'I couldn't help laughing out loud in many places!'

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Publishers Weekly

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Jumping from the Manhattan Project laboratories of Los Alamos, N.Mex., to the beaches of Rio, Ottaviani and Myrick's portrait of the Nobel Prize%E2%80%93winning physicist and general polymath Richard

May 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Feynman

BC Books

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Throughout, the man on the page is recognizably, uniquely Feynman, the graphical and textual elements complement each other so beautifully it is like watching the man on video.

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Teen Ink

Imagine a slightly deranged, safe-cracking artiste. Now imagine he decrypted Mayan.

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Teen Ink

Meet Richard Feynman. Without a doubt, he was the most peculiar, inqui.

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Yahoo! Voices

... I review a book about Richard Feynman; one by a man who is both a physicist and a writer. Leonard Mlodinow's book is accessible to all.

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Yahoo! Voices

... Subtitled "Adventures of a Curious Character", this memoir by physicist Richard Feynman plays up both aspects of "curious". As we follow ...

Feb 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Feynman

Washington Independent Review of Books

One of my personal criteria for great autobiography shares a kinship with my feelings on what marks someone as a truly good compatriot: whenever your time ends with either page or person, if it seems that you’ve enjoyed far too short a span of time together, either you’ve found yourself an except...

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Rhapsody in Books

... Note: This review is by my husband Jim. Richard Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was a colorful, eccentric (some might even say ...

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Project MUSE

Feynman; illus. by Leland Myrick, color by Hilary Sycamore. ... So how does Ottaviani fare in delivering a summary of a theory whose explication daunted its ...

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Brain Pickings

In 2010, Bly collected 12 of these conversations in Science Is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society — a who’s who of contemporary art, science, literature, and philosophy, methodically and thoughtfully bridging the age-old yet, as these conversations prove, artifici...

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Graphic Novel Reporter

Of recent graphic biographies, Feynman is a step in the right direction as it points to, even if it does not fully possess, the necessary tools to render such an iconic life as Richard Feynman in comic illustration.

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