No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman

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An intimate, moving, and funny account of the remarkable life and times of Richard Feynman—the most extraordinary scientist of his age.
With a unique combination of dazzling intellect and touching simplicity, Feynman had a passion for physics that was merely the Nobel Prize-winning part of an immense love of life and everything it could offer. He was hugely irreverent and always completely honest—with himself, with his colleagues, and with nature.No Ordinary Genius traces ...

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Overview

An intimate, moving, and funny account of the remarkable life and times of Richard Feynman—the most extraordinary scientist of his age.
With a unique combination of dazzling intellect and touching simplicity, Feynman had a passion for physics that was merely the Nobel Prize-winning part of an immense love of life and everything it could offer. He was hugely irreverent and always completely honest—with himself, with his colleagues, and with nature.No Ordinary Genius traces Feynman's remarkable adventures inside and outside science, in words and more than one-hundred photographs, many of them supplied by his family and close friends. The words are often his own and those of family, friends, and colleagues such as his sister, Joan Feynman; his children, Carl and Michelle; Freeman Dyson; Hans Bethe; Daniel Hillis; Marvin Minsky; and John Archibald Wheeler. The book gives vivid insight into the mind of a great creative scientist at work and at play, and it challenges the popular myth of the scientist as a cold reductionist dedicated to stripping romance and mystery from the natural world. Feynman's wonderfully infectious enthusiasm shines through in his photographs and in his tales.

The most extraordinary scientist of his time, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman had an immense love of life and all it offered. No Ordinary Genius traces Feynman's remarkable adventures, inside and outside science, in his own words and those of his family, friends, and colleagues.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Times
“The many photographs, along with...anecdotes and monologues taken from interviews...give the reader...insight into the depth of Feynman's originality and gifts as a physicist.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sykes made three TV documentaries about physicist Feynman 1918-1988 in the late '80s, including a BBC feature by the same title as this photo-hagiography. Illustrated with more than 130 photos and reproductions of such ephemera as Feynman's childhood notes on science books and encyclopedia articles, the text is mostly from Sykes's scripted interviews and from Feynman's own Curious Character stories. Nonetheless, the range here is broadened by contributions from 18 family members and colleagues. A chapter on Feynman's role on the Challenger Committee, which investigated the causes of the 1986 explosion of NASA's Challenger space shuttle in which seven astronauts died, casts more light on the investigation than on Feynman. The format is reminiscent of the physicist's bestsellers, e.g., Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman , with pictures. Sykes's off-putting calculated reverence, however, doesn't conceal his subject's inimitable, irrepressible spirit. May
Library Journal
This is not a biography of Nobel Laureate Feynman-the gold standard for that is unquestionably James Gleick's Genius LJ 10/1/92-but rather a very interesting and pleasing compilation of anecdotes, interview excerpts, and conversations by a man who has made several excellent films about and with Feynman-including The Pleasure of Finding Things Out and No Ordinary Genius. Even for those who think they know Feynman and his work, this book is a rare and touching glimpse of him in his own words and in the words of those who knew him best. A pleasure to look through there are more than 100 photos and read and an excellent book for general and popular collections. A browser's delight.-Mark Shelton, Athens, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313932
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 636,593
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard P. Feynman was born in 1918 and grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. At the age of seventeen he entered MIT and in 1939 went to Princeton, then to Los Alamos, where he joined in the effort to build the atomic bomb. Following World War II he joined the physics faculty at Cornell, then went on to Caltech in 1951, where he taught until his death in 1988. He shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965, and served with distinction on the Shuttle Commission in 1986. A commemorative stamp in his name was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    The Best Source Of All Things Feynman

    This book has it all, Feyman's entire life as told by Richard himself, his closest friends, and family. Best overall source for an accurate picture of the man with the insatiable curiousity and passion for science.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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