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Feynman, a Science Gold Mine for Teens
on 20 November 2011
Feynman, a graphic novel written by Jim Ottaviani has the power to excite and educate the minds of interested youths and adults alike.
Jim Ottaviani has created an accessible text that does justice to the science and unique personality of Richard P. Feynman (1918 - 1988). The art by Leland Myrick skillfully conveys in a visual format many hard notions of quantum mechanics and portrays the many giants of modern physics who crossed the path of Feynman, and the colouring by Hilary Sycamore in this stunning graphic novel is at times vivid, always varied and often employs soft hues. Feynman, a book suitable for Junior High or High School students, serves as a fabulous primer for quantum mechanics and QED. Ottaviani, to my mind, has wisely left the more salacious adulterous elements out of the text, to make the book child-friendly, a highly worthy goal. The interested adult may find a full treatment of this very human but less palatable aspect of Feynman's life in Genius by James Gleick.
This fine and rewarding book on Feynman deserves to be in every Junior High Science or High School Physics class room and in the home of any parent who wants to instill in their teenager a love of science, as the father of Richard P. Feynman did with such notable results.