Cern recently hosted a wonderful talk by lawrence krauss on the life of richard feynman called quantum man. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. See all 15 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. His physics prowess was becoming well known, and he was. Richard feynmans life in science the great discoveries series book online at best prices in india on. From the death of feynmans childhood sweetheart during the manhattan project to his reluctant rise as a scientific icon, krauss presents that life as seen through the science, providing a new. A gripping new scientific biography of the revered nobel prizewinning physicist and curious character richard feynman. Its an overview of quantum theory, the last 100 years of physics, and the major players in the field. Richard feynmans life in science great discoveries by lawrence m.
Feynmans education and the manhattan project he was an undergraduate at mit and graduated in 1939. Richard feynmans life in science great discoveries. He was a graduate student of john wheelers at princeton, where he already did advanced work on quantum electrodynamics qed, and received his ph. Krauss presents a scientific overview of the contributions of feynman, as seen through the arc of his fascinating life. The hidden life of paul dirac, quantum genius, about one of the few other 20thcentury theorists who worked on feynmans level. He is the only physicist to have received the highest awards from all 3 major us professional physics societies.
Richard feynmans life in science at a talk at cern, geneva. Richard feynmans life in science great discoveries ebook written by lawrence m. In so doing i hope to be able to use richard feynmans remarkable life and career to provide a new porthole into to the key developments in physics of the 20th and 21st centuries. Richard feynmans life in science great discoveries on. The life of feynman issues in science and technology. Richard feynmans life in science great discoveries kindle edition by krauss, lawrence m download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Krauss is one of the most gifted and engaging speakers who specializes in physics. What others are saying about quantum man krausss wonderful biography puts feynmans remarkable contributions to science front and center, accessibly, in the context of his life and times.
Gleicks biography wonderfully characterized the life and times of the man that was richard feynman, quantum man explored richard feynmans to my surprise, there not only was a feynman biography that heretofore was unknown to me, but it was written by the lawrence krauss, a brilliant physicist in his own right. Richard feynmans science as the narratorauthor states up front, this book is more about the science of richard feynman than his life adventures that are well known. Krauss does not mention until page 210 that feynmans sister, joan, was also a physicist, while from mr. A worthy addition to the feynman shelf and a welcome followup to the standardbearer, james gleicks genius. Quantum man richard feynmans life in science by lawrence m. Feynman revolutionized our understanding of nature amid a turbulent life. Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the twentieth century, richard feynman changed the way we think about quantum mechanics, the most. I was impressed, however, that the author could keep the science of particle physics interesting even for nonphysicists. Richard feynman and modern physics 1992 is a model biography of a physicist, unrivalled until the publication of graham farmelos 2009 book the strangest man. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading quantum man. Its lively descriptions make both electromagnetism and quantum mechanics fun, while krausss personal reflections on his subject add a new level of insight into the man and his scientific legacy. It took a man who was willing to break all the rules to tame a theory that breaks all the rules.
His most original contribution, the pathintegral formulation of quantum mechanics, has turned out to be hugely generative. Lawrence krausss wonderful biography manages to combine a rolling narrative with a crystal clear explanation of richard feynmans science. Perhaps it was feynmans mother who registered the most amusing and poignant reaction to this aspect of feynmans character. Richard feynman 19181988 was one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century.
The text was initially published on march 21, 2011 by w. Richard feynman is the quantum man in his new book, quantum man, physicist and writer lawrence m. A life of the colourful nobel prizewinning physicist richard feynman gets too bogged down in science to do justice to the man robin mckie sat 14 may 2011 19. His talk coincides with the release of his latest book of the same name. Krauss presents that life as seen through the science, providing a new understanding of the legacy of a man who has fascinated millions. As a physicist myself, i was able to attempt to explain the science as well as the man, and i tried to explain richards science as seen through the arc of his life. Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the twentieth century, richard feynman changed the way we think about quantum mechanics, the most perplexing of all. Physicist richard feynman has a reputation as a bongoplaying, hardpartying, flamboyant nobel prize laureate for his work on quantum electrodynamics theory, but this tends to obscure the fact that he was a brilliant thinker who continued making contributions to science until his death in 1988. A new biography of the nobel prize winner richard p. Krauss 2011, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. His publications include the physics of star trek, quintessence, and atom, and the newly released quantum man. Krauss chronicles the life and achievements of nobel prizewinning physicist richard feynman, whose work with quantum mechanics has reshaped many aspects of modern science. A life of the colourful nobel prizewinning physicist richard feynman gets too bogged down in science to do justice to the man, writes robin.
Gleick we learn that she served as his lab assistant early in his career. Krauss a worthy addition to the feynman shelf and a welcome followup to the standardbearer, james gleicks genius. Krauss, himself a nobel laureate in physics at arizona state university, clearly admires feynmans brilliant achievements and here uses his life and labors to trace and explain how quantum theory evolved in its many surprising applications. Physicist richard feynman has a reputation as a bongoplaying, hardpartying, flamboyant nobel prize laureate for his work on quantum electrodynamics theory, but this tends to. Richard feynmans life in science great discoveries 9780393064711 by krauss, lawrence m. This lecture is based on lawrence m krauss new book quantum man. Lawrence m krauss traces the colorful, turbulent life of the nobel prizewinning physicist, from the death of his childhood sweetheart during the manhattan project to his rise as an icon in the scientific. The biography does a good job of demonstrating that in science, true success needs fearlessness, determination and an unwavering belief in your ideas. Richard feynmans life in science is the eighth nonfiction book by the american theoretical physicist lawrence m. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read quantum man. Feynmans absolute insistence on honesty and truth in science and on reporting the negative results along with the positive ones also comes across, and should be a model for modern scientists. Feynman, by a fellow physicist, concentrates less on feynman the odd character and. Krauss describes the scientific contributions, and unique mind, of nobel prizewinner richard. The life and science of richard feynman 1992 is a more supple treatment of the same basic material.389 490 582 1338 14 848 670 1201 678 42 1022 1489 991 883 617 403 845 144 1283 908 925 691 1217 1131 100 1389 915 340 1421 599 253 1340 275 581 14 116 100 759 435 1203 376