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Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character.


This bongo-playing, wisecracking, Nobel prize-winning physicist's larger-than-life personality elevated him to icon status within the world of science. Among his many heralded achievements, he developed what would become the standard notation for particle interactions and helped determine why the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded. His ability to tell stories that were at once informative and entertaining made his physics lectures famous. This book compiles Feynman's accounts, his "adventures of a curious character," that were previously published in the best-selling books Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care about What Other People Think? This new volume includes essays on Feynman by Leighton, Freeman Dyson, and Alan Alda. AS a bonus, the book comes with an hour-long audio compact disk featuring the physicist's recollections of his experiences with the atomic bomb. This recording and the book's printed stories reveal Feynman's intellect, his commitment to experimentation, and his personal life. In one essay, for instance, Feynman commemorates his first wife Arlene, who died of tuberculosis only a few years into the couple's marriage. Norton, 2005, 608 p., hardcover, $29.95.
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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 7, 2006
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