An illuminating portrayal of Richard Feynman—a giant of twentieth century physics—from his childhood tinkering with radios, to his vital work on the Manhattan Project and beyond
Raised in Depression-era Rockaway Beach, physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. His quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project under J. Robert Oppenheimer, where the giddy young man held his own among the nation’s greatest minds. There, Feynman turned theory into practice, culminating in the Trinity test, on July 16, 1945, when the Atomic Age was born. He was only twenty-seven. And he was just getting started. In this sweeping biography, James Gleick captures the forceful personality of a great man, integrating Feynman’s work and life in a way that is accessible to laymen and fascinating for the scientists who follow in his footsteps.
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There are wit and playfulness, yes, but what shines through is Richard Feynman's commitment to probe nature...and the joy and beauty he felt when science yielded an answer--and that is the key to understanding what drove Feynman throughout his life.Read Full Review of Genius: The Life and Science ... | See more reviews from Kirkus
Gleick seems to have enjoyed the cooperation of Feynman's family...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.Read Full Review of Genius: The Life and Science ... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
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