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5.0 out of 5 stars The life and times of a " half buffoon , half genius "
James Gleick's life of Feynman comes highly recommended to anyone concerned with the scholarship of safe-cracking , impromptu Brazilian samba ensembles and the fineries of quantum electrodynamics . Space shuttle design and the Manhattan Project are also included , so that no critic can claim in any seriousness that Feynman lacked balanced life-experience. This book is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars As much about his science as about the man
Thorough, exhaustive & well constructed. Heavier on his science than about the man himself. I was left feeling Feynman was his science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Genius !!, 3 Aug 2011
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This was a gift for my husband and he absolutely raved about it. Absolutely fascinating and comprehensive review of the development of modern theoretical physics. It includes both technical and personal details thus providing a human side to physics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to a real genius, 11 May 1999
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James Gleick's biography of Richard Feynman is not only a superb insight into one of the 20th centuries greatest scientists but also explains and charts the history and mechanics of quantum science. Genius can be hard to understand, but perseverance will see you rewarded with amusing stories to relate to your friends; a deeper understanding of how the truly gifted think and the basic foundations of quantum theory. Please anyone with an interest in science and a will to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Nov 2014
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Will we see his like again?
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 12 Dec 2011
No doubt that Richard Feynman was brilliant.Most famaous as bongo playing scientist. Definitely slightly oddball. This book gives insight into other less well known aspects of his life as well as his career as a scientist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius: the definitive word to describe Feynman - fabulous, 17 July 2000
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It is a superb book, from any angle - describing the man and its intelligence or just giving us basic notions of quantum physics. It makes you wish to have met Feynman. Gleick wrote another excellent book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Squared, 30 Oct 2001
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We know Feynman was a genius. We know he could tell a good "story" (as long as someone else wrote it down). It takes the genius of Gleick to give us the account Dick Feynman and we deserve. Definitive. Buy two copies - one for daily reading and one for best!...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Chaos", 6 Oct 2011
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I bought this book after reading the book "Chaos" by the same author, which absolutely blew my mind and was one of the best books I have ever read, making me understand modern physics and inspiring me to contemplate a lot of phenomena in nature. Unfortunately, I had no such feelings when reading "Genius". Maybe Feynman was a brilliant physicist, but he doesn't seem to have been a very interesting person beyond physics, which makes the autobiography a bit boring. I never actually finished the book as I got bored along the way, all I can say is if you have read "Chaos" and are expecting something along those lines, you might be disappointed.
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