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    DescriptionRichard Feynman was the most brilliant and influential physicist of our time. Architect of quantum theories, enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project, caustic inquisitor on the space shuttle commission, ebulent bongo-player and storyteller - Feynman played a bewildering assortment of roles in the science of the post-war era. A brilliant interweaving of Richard Feynman's colourful life and a detailed and accessible account of his theories and experiments.

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    Richard Feynman and Modern Physics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Gleick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    ISBN 13: 9780349105321
    ISBN 10: 0349105324

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    BIC E4L: SCI
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    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH, 3JJP, 3JJG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    BIC subject category V2: PD, PH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI055000
    DC20: 530.092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    Libri: B-530
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    Illustrations note
    Section: 16, b&w
    Little, Brown Book Group
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    Publication date
    02 April 1994
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    Author Information
    James Gleick was an editor and reporter at the New York Times for ten years. He is the author of GENIUS and also CHAOS, which was nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.
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    the book is a moving, beautifully written literate and perceptive account of Feynman's life. NATURE I came away from Genius feeling that I knew a lot more about Feynman and his play in 20th century science. SUNDAY TIMES Gleick's narrative, consistently measured and elegant is a formidable work of scientific biography. NEW STATESMEN thoughtful and fascinating. THE LITERARY REVIEW
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    "He is a second Dirac," Princeton's Eugene Wigner said, "only this time human." That's only one of the many pithy descriptions that Gleick (Chaos, 1987) quotes in this fine, monumental biography of a monumental figure in 20th-century physics. Readers whose appetites were whetted by the as-told-to collections of anecdotes in the Ralph Leighton books (Tuva or Bust!, 1991, etc.) will find gratification of a different kind here. There are wit and playfulness, yes, but what shines through is Richard Feynman's commitment to probe nature, a restlessness to understand why things happen, and the joy and beauty he felt when science yielded an answer - and that is the key to understanding what drove Feynman throughout his life. That, and a no-nonsense attitude that despised pretension, lofty language, and rote learning. In the post-Sputnik clays of educational reform, Feynman was out in front criticizing the new math as utterly useless formalism (unless you could use it to explain to kids different orders of infinity). While Feynman was beat known for his Nobel-winning work in quantum electrodynamics and subsequent achievements in particle physics, Gleick traces the many byways in the physicist's career: his study of helium superfluidity; his brief flirtation with molecular biology; his interest in sleep and dreams. And then there were his involvement with the Manhattan Project; the loss to tuberculosis of his beloved Arline; his relentless womanizing; his eventual marriage to Gweneth - the English woman he met on a beach in Geneva and arranged to bring over as his domestic servant; his children; his lectures; his refusal to take graduate students; his skepticism about grand unified theories; the Challenger disaster. Gleick weaves all these threads into a rich portrait of an imperfect, complex, to-his-own-self-and-to-science-be-true figure, loved and admired, yet elusive. (Kirkus Reviews)