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Richard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker.

In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man's life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman's exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death.

Anyone who ever wanted to know more about Richard P. Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, the fine art of the bongo drums, the outrageously obscure nation of Tuva, or the development and popularization of the field of physics in the United States need look no further than this rich and joyful work.

One of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011

One of Horn Book's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596438279
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 206,700
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

JIM OTTAVIANI (Feynman, Primates) is the world's preeminent writer of comics and graphic novels about science. Notable works include a biography of Niels Bohr and the fast-paced tale of the desperate lives of early paleontologists and T-Minus: The Race to the Moon, from Aladdin books. He has worked as a nuclear engineer and is currently employed as a reference librarian in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

LELAND MYRICK (Feynman, Missouri Boy) is the Ignatz Award- and Harvey Award-nominated author and illustrator of The Sweet Collection and Bright Elegy. His writing and illustrations have appeared in publications as diverse as Dark Horse Comics, GQ Japan and Vogue Russia. He grew up in Missouri, a place that has inspired much of his poetry and art, and he now lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife and daughter.

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Feynman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tmanders90 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting use of a visual medium to tell the story of a visual thinker. Both the story itself and the artwork where very good. I really enjoyed this book, and it made me want to know more Feynman. I will be seeking out any and all other graphic books by the author Ottaviani for sure.
wackermt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What is most interesting about this book, the biography of one of the world¿s greatest scientific minds, is how little science it actually contains. It presents the story of a brilliant physicist in an accessible, and user-friendly manner. The medium, using a graphic novel, is particularly beneficial to this cause, because it allows all the ideas to be accompanied by pictures, and it humanizes the subjects by drawing them in ridiculous settings. While the context of the novel is scientific discovery, it is in fact a book about romance, identity, love of learning, morality, finding joy in life, and the heroic journey. What stands out most to me is how, unlike many biographies, which detail the accomplishments and tribulations of its subject, this book is about a person, and it contains real human emotion, to which the reader can directly relate.I have only read a short number of scholarly graphic novels, but this book stands out among them. Not because it is a graphic novel, but because it is a compelling story. Many people would find this more complex than a standard book, but for the right audience, it is a definite winner.
nolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a new graphic-biography of Richard Feynman, written by the always-great Jim Ottaviani, and drawn by Leland Myrick. Because I've read Feynman and Feynman bios in the past, the broad strokes were familiar to me, but I learned new info, too. It's a mostly-chronological (but sometimes thematic) overview of his life and achievements from childhood on, including highlights from several of his lectures. I understand Feynman diagrams much better now than I did before!
AshRyan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel biography of the life of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman is an excellent introduction to this brilliant man. Even for those, like myself, who have read some of Feynman's own books and already know many of the stories here, there is some new material here, and even the familiar stuff is presented very well, bringing out the humor or pathos or beauty...from his work at Los Alamos and the death of his first wife Arline, to trying to get out of accepting the Nobel Prize, to testifying on behalf of a strip club owner, to his efforts to visit Tuva, it's all here. Great stuff.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before I picked up this book I didn't really know who Richard Feynman was. I mean I heard the name, but it didn't really mean lot to me. And then...I picked up this book. And within 4 pages I was captivated by him and what he meant not only to our understanding of science, but our understanding of the world at large. I didn't even get 15 pages in the book and I started looking to see what other books my library owned about Feynman, just so that I could learn more about him. That's how well this book is put together.Ottaviani weaves together this coherent and captivating story from Feynman's own words. Instead of feeling like we're being talked to by some anonymous narrator, Feynman himself talks to us. It feels like we're sitting next to him, maybe with a good meal or a couple of drinks, just shooting the breeze. It's a masterful way of letting us hear Feynman's story. And the artwork works perfectly. We can see the frustration on Feynman & other scientists faces as they face the challenges before them, from the atomic bomb to why one wheel of color seems to move faster than the other on a spinning plate.I can't imagine a better book to hand a high school student to help them understand the world around them better. Or a better book to give to anyone. This book needs to be on every library's shelf.
msf59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, I had never heard of Richard Feynman, which is somewhat surprising, considering his importance in several key American historical events. He was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, born in 1918. Brilliant, offbeat and funny. He made major contributions in the Manhattan Project, (the results which haunted him for the rest of his life), developed theories on Quantum Electrodynamics, which earned him the Nobel and even assisted the investigation in the Challenger space shuttle disaster.One of the highlights of this illustrated bio, is his quirky nature. Teaching himself to be a safecracker and musician and to be able to do both exceedingly well. There are some dry passages, covering his lectures on physics and science, but overall this was an engaging look at a fascinating man. Recommended for both GN (graphic novel) fans and history fans.