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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

Publisher: New York : First Second, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781596432598
Branch Call Number: TEEN 925.3 FEY OTT
Characteristics: 272 pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,22 cm


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May 17, 2017

Pretty sneaky & progressive of him hooking his younger sister on science via book gift when women weren't encouraged to be scientists.
Jaw dropped on his shenanigans.
Sniffed at his platonic & heartbreaking relationship to his first wife due to tuberculous pre-antibiotics.
Biography of non-stuffy scientist I recommend.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

The book chugs right along at a stream-of-consciousness pace, as if Feyman is giving one of his lectures without pause. I liked how Ottaviani trusts us to keep up while reading while also giving the book some fancy visuals.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/feynman_ottaviani

JCLBeckyC Jun 28, 2013

Weaves through the Nobel-Prize winner’s life, covering his close relationship with his uniform salesman father in Long Island, to his work on the Manhattan Project, to his public lectures and books that made physics more accessible to non-physicists, to his iconoclastic work on the Challenger disaster. This great thinker preferred playing bongo drums, cracking safes, and using a strip club for an office to wearing a tux at award ceremonies, spending inordinate amounts of time doing traditional research, or playing sycophant to fellow theoretical physicists. If you have an interest in hard science or you’re like me and just interested in oddly brilliant people, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

Mark_Daly Jun 19, 2013

Hefty tome (for a graphic novel) provides a tasty review of the life, work and preoccupations of an engaging theoretical scientist. A lovely use of the medium. Includes a great annotated bibliography for those who want to dive deeper.

Apr 08, 2013

Feynman's an interesting guy; the book is well-written and drawn; these together made for a good read. Concentrates less on Feynman's physics (although there a few 2-3-page illustrated "lectures"), and more on his life: working at Los Alamos on the bomb a mere month before it was dropped on Hiroshima (during this time, his first wife passed away; he mourned but came back to work immediately and made it clear he didn't want anyone's sympathy to interfere with the work), finding out at the last minute before presenting as a grad student that his prof had invited Einstein, Fermi, and other big names to sit in (and they came), finding a topless bar more conducive to getting work done than an office (and defending, in court, as a world-famous physicist, the topless bar's right to exist when none of the other customers would dare show their faces to testify), pretty much figuring out what went wrong with the Challenger and having no one be too pleased with that, etc. This book is being reviewed as a good one for young adults as well as adults, and I agree...it's neat and eye-opening seeing some key 20th-century history through the lens of Feynman's life, as well some different things physicists might do (in topless bars or out). Before reading it, I already regretted never having taken physics; now, I do a little more so, and plan to read some of Feynman's own books. I should say that the portrayal of Feynman doesn't exactly make you want to throw hero-worshiping arms around him...he comes off as self-centered and arrogant (not having read much, but knowing much of the content was drawn from Feynman's own books, I can only assume that, well, he was these things) as well as brilliant and strange. From what I'd heard of Feynman, I'd expected to come out of this book admiring him. I didn't. But I did come out still interested.

VanessaCCL Nov 06, 2012

"Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Richard Feynman played a role in the creation of the atomic bomb and was one of the pioneers of quantum electrodynamics. He was also an enthusiastic percussionist and a talented safecracker. This biography in graphic novel form casts Feynman as the narrator of his own story, interweaving episodes from his personal life with scenes from his work on everything from the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico to the Rogers Commission, which investigated the Challenger disaster. For more about Feynman, in his own words, check out "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character." Teen Scene November 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=565687

theorbys May 29, 2012

You won't learn much science with this but this guy is really amazing and these people do a great job telling about his life.

May 28, 2012

I agree with Bewlay. A fun and charming retrospective of the life of a scientific giant and mischevious trouble maker.

Feb 06, 2012

One of the best graphic biographies I have read. Highly recommended.

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