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  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (29 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307946495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307946492
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rare glimpse into a fascinating world. I enjoyed every page of it."

"An accessible portrait of a brilliant man." --Stephen Hawking, author of "A Brief History of Time"
"A very unusual memoir of a very unusual author's revealing encounters with a very human legend." --"The Dallas Morning News"
"This is a sweetly entertaining book about the weird, but engaging, world of physics. . . . Young scientists will find solace and perhaps inspiration here." --"American Scientist"
"Mlodinow's tribute to the man is set against an amusing, nicely drawn backdrop of campus life, and fleshed out with a very readable account of string theory, which developed into the most promising breakthrough of the century in theoretical physics." --"The Independent "(London)
"Mlodinow's accessible style manages to convey Feynman's cantankerous appeal as well as some of the weirdness of theoretical physics without overtaxing lay readers, while his deft, funny, novelistic portraits of its practitioners . . . bring this seemingly gray sub-culture to vivid life." --"Publishers Weekly"
"An exhilarating book . . . one that reflects the radiance of its subject and so warms as it instructs." --David Berlinski, author of "One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics"
"Mlodinow thinks in equations but explains in anecdote, simile, and occasional bursts of neon. . . . The results are mind-bending." --"Fortune"

An accessible portrait of a brilliant man. Stephen Hawking, author of "A Brief History of Time"
A very unusual memoir of a very unusual author s revealing encounters with a very human legend. "The Dallas Morning News"
This is a sweetly entertaining book about the weird, but engaging, world of physics. . . . Young scientists will find solace and perhaps inspiration here. "American Scientist"
Mlodinow s tribute to the man is set against an amusing, nicely drawn backdrop of campus life, and fleshed out with a very readable account of string theory, which developed into the most promising breakthrough of the century in theoretical physics. "The Independent "(London)
Mlodinow s accessible style manages to convey Feynman s cantankerous appeal as well as some of the weirdness of theoretical physics without overtaxing lay readers, while his deft, funny, novelistic portraits of its practitioners . . . bring this seemingly gray sub-culture to vivid life. "Publishers Weekly"
An exhilarating book . . . one that reflects the radiance of its subject and so warms as it instructs. David Berlinski, author of "One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics"
Mlodinow thinks in equations but explains in anecdote, simile, and occasional bursts of neon. . . . The results are mind-bending. "Fortune""

About the Author

Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and now teaches future scientists at Caltech. His previous books include "War of the Worldviews" (with Deepak Chopra); the two national bestsellers "The Grand Design" (with Stephen Hawking) and "The Drunkard s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, " which was also a "New York Times" Notable Book and was" "short-listed for the Royal Society General Prize; and "Euclid s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace." Along the way he also wrote for the television series "MacGyver "and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
www.its.caltech.edu/ len"


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When I first opened Feynman's Rainbow: A Search For Beauty in Physics And In Life, I wasn't sure whether to expect all sorts of physics facts or the inside life of a struggling scientist. In the end, I received both. Feynman's Rainbow, written and narrated by Leonard Mlodinow, is the story of Leonard Mlodinow's encounters and conversations with the two famous physicists of his time, Murray Gell-Mann and Richard Feynman, although he concentrates on Feynman as his role model. In the beginning, Mlodinow had absolutely no interest in physics, but rapidly grew to love it as he read Feynman's books and lectures on physics while volunteering to help in Jerusalem during the Yom Kippur War. During this time, out of boredom from lack of anything else to do he read these books, which were some of the only ones available to him at the time. He changes his major to physics and receives his PhD. when he returns to the United States and soon gets employed by CalTech (California Institute of Technology) for his appealing theory of infinite dimensions. Soon he is overwhelmed by his impressive position with Murray and Feynman, and is frantic to live up to CalTech's Nobel Prize expectations of him. During this time Mlodinow chose Feynman as his mentor, although ironically Feynman always disliked psychology profusely. Through the story there are also several physics theories that are explained in the book fairly understandably. Many of the quotes by Feynman are direct from recordings of him by Mlodinow, who always recorded their conversations. This book gives a very interesting insight into the life and of course, realistic pressure of working in a high and prestigious scholarly and scientific position.Read more ›
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I was disappointed when I recently received this book. Not because I disliked the content. I liked it; liked the physics and the stories of Feynman, Gell-Mann and the author. The reason I was disappointed was because I already had the book under the title Some Time With Feynman.
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Caltech is the home of some of the best minds in physics. Most notable physicists on its faculty included Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann; both are Nobel laureates. The author narrates in simple words his casual interactions with Richard Feynman when he (author) was a freshman-faculty member at the physics department. Feeling unsettled in the world of giants, he looks for guidance and direction to establish his career, and in the process learns some basic lessons about being a person, and a physicist. Feynman is a legend in physics world, and was considered as Einstein of modern times until his death in 1988. He was known for discovery of quantum electrodynamics, a theory of the electromagnetic force that governs the behavior of electrons that orbit the nucleus of the atom.

Academics is a dog-eat-dog world; if you can't create something new in physics, you could be walking out of the door sooner than latter. This is true at all top colleges and research institutions. This is painfully clear to a new faculty member, and the author expresses this fear in spite of the fact that his PhD thesis at UC Berkeley is a significant contribution, in his own rights, in physics. Feynman was the first one to detect this unsettling behavior, at that time Feynman was 63 and terminally ill with cancer. Feynman loved life, dressed and spoke like a blue-collar Joe, with no sophistication in his style. He lounged around strip clubs to do his physics, experimented with controlled substances and once crashed into a wedding party to freeload on buffet in casual cloths when all the invited guests were dressed in suits and dresses. He didn't drink and he was faithful to his wife.
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