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Genius A genius a great mathematician once said performs magic does things that nobody else could do To his scientific colleagues Richard Feynman was a magician of the highest caliber Architect of quantu

  • Title: Genius
  • Author: James Gleick
  • ISBN: 9780349105321
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Genius By James Gleick, A genius, a great mathematician once said, performs magic, does things that nobody else could do To his scientific colleagues, Richard Feynman was a magician of the highest caliber Architect of quantum theories, enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project, caustic critic of the space shuttle commission, Nobel Prize winner for work that gave physicists a new way of describA genius, a great mathematician once said, performs magic, does things that nobody else could do To his scientific colleagues, Richard Feynman was a magician of the highest caliber Architect of quantum theories, enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project, caustic critic of the space shuttle commission, Nobel Prize winner for work that gave physicists a new way of describing and calculating the interactions of subatomic particles, Richard Feynman left his mark on virtually every area of modern physics Originality was his obsession Never content with what he knew or with what others knew, Feynman ceaselessly questioned scientific truths But there was also another side to him, one which made him a legendary figure among scientists His curiosity moved well beyond things scientific he taught himself how to play drums, to give massages, to write Chinese, to crack safes In Genius, James Gleick, author of the acclaimed best seller Chaos, shows us a Feynman few have seen He penetrates beyond the gleeful showman depicted in Feynman s own memoirs and reveals a darker Feynman his ambition, his periods of despair and uncertainty, his intense emotional nature From his childhood on the beaches and backlots of Far Rockaway and his first tinkering with radios and differential equations to the machine shops at MIT and the early theoretical work at Princeton work that foreshadowed his famous notion of antiparticles traveling backward in time to the tragic death of his wife while he was working at Los Alamos, Genius shows how one scientist s vision was formed As that vision crystallized in work that reinvented quantum mechanics, we see Feynman s impact on the elite particle physicscommunity, and how Feynman grew to be at odds with the very community that idolized him Finally, Gleick explores the nature of genius, our obsession with it and why the very idea may belong to another time Genius records the life of a scientist who has forever changed science and cha

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    1. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool Richard Feynman Physics is like sex sure, it may give some practical results, but that s not why we do it Richard FeynmanFeynman was lucky in three ways First, the guy was born with a brain that somehow gave him access to problems with a speed and a dexterity that seemed magical to his peers, and his peers are people that already often stretched the capacity for knowledge and intelligence Second, Feynma [...]

    2. I recently finished reading Genius The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, by James Gleick I m a big fan of Gleick s His book on Isaac Newton was brilliant And in this bio of Feynman, who was one of the midwives of the atomic bomb, Gleick illustrates just how important Feynman s thinking has been to our modern understanding of physics, and therefore, of energy Feynman grappled with the big questions about matter, science, and the quest for human knowledge and understanding One of my favorite pa [...]

    3. Gleick is a thorough, intelligent science writer able to give over complex ideas without sacrificing too much depth He still lost me with some of the particle physics stuff Feynman started his academic career as a precocious math undergrad at Princeton, and went to the pinnacle of modern science, first at the Manhattan Project and later designing a daunting freshman physics curriculum at CalTech later published as Six Easy Pieces His career neatly parallels the modern perception of science theor [...]

    4. Gleick portrays Feynman as an irreverent spirit and productive scientist who deeply influenced his generation of physicists A Nobel Prize winner, Feynman s contribution to physics was about developing original techniques that clarified complex problems than any singular discovery As we follow Feynman s life we learn how particle physics and its community evolved in the mid twentieth century from the formulation of quantum mechanics to the standard model We witness developments in nuclear physic [...]

    5. This book made me cry Weird, maybe, but true In Gleick s portrayal of the true genius of Feynman, as well as some of his other contemporary genius physicists What made me cry Reading it was a fundamentally humbling experience These people are SMART And not smart like most smart folks not at all Growing up, I always had the feeling that, given the time and effort to study something, that I was capable of learning anything Obviously, one cannot learn everything, but I never, until this book, felt [...]

    6. Fantastic bio of Feynman, and likely the best in the same vein as Isaacson s takes on Einstein or Jobs that we ll see Highly recommended for anyone interested in the nature of science during Feynman s rise a period where quantum mechanics was very much developing and characters like Feynman were radically unorthodox.Hearing Feynman s story is truly inspirational and makes you want to go out and discover things.

    7. Very impressive biography of Feynman Extremely interesting book although with Feynman s life, it isn t too hard to make an interesting story out of it Good balance of lucid scientific explanations and biographical narrative.

    8. A book that really re awakened my inner science and math geek In addition it introduced me to Feynman I m sure his name came up back in classes I took, but there is so much here that you d never get from a one liner in a textbook A very interesting character By funny happenstance, I read this right before reading Cosmic Banditos by Weisbecker Cosmic coincidence Jeremy

    9. I remember hearing about Feynman during the aftermath of the Columbia Space Shuttle explosion I finally got around to reading about him and what a Brainiac this guy was A certifiable genius Gleick makes science and quatum mechancis readable, kind of There is no way I could follow the discussion when he got deep in the math but, thankfully, much of the book is written so my poor brain could follow I liked his description of how young Feynman played around as a kid, luckily he had tolerant parents [...]

    10. This biography puts Feynman in a balanced, neutral light for me When reading his memoir s you only get a glimpse and rather slanted presentation if you are really wanting to learn about Richard Feynman.This book is really heavy on his scientific endeavors, which shouldn t be surprising Despite this the text is very readable and engaging, even for those less scientifically inclined.In my review of Surely You re Joking Mr Feynman I mentioned how much I thought I related to him Well, if you met me [...]

    11. I doubt I ve ever read a longer book The text was only 440 pages, but I found that I re read and re re and re re re read a number of sections because the physics described was very deep and complex, especially for a layperson But I feel I have a better understanding of the significant advances in physics in the 20th century as seen through the lens of Feynmman s intellect, methods and, as the title so ably states, genius Although I still don t have a deep knowledge of concepts like quantum theor [...]

    12. I learned about Feynman as a teen, when I happened across an interview with him on tv His character and intellect fascinated me, and years later I decided to learn about him.Gleick covers Feynman s entire life in this biography His prose is good, and he maintains a pleasing balance of anecdote and historical fact Feynman had a large, vital personality, and Gleick is able to convey this without parroting the tone and content that Feynman uses in his autobiographical work I ve always been able to [...]

    13. doesn t really add anything to surely you re joking and what do you care what other people think that we couldn t live without it was interesting, but most of the same information is available in engaging form elsewhere.

    14. Big disappointment Coming off of American Prometheus, the fantastic biography of Robert Oppenheimer, and having read a book or two of Gleick s earlier stuff, I was surprised that I couldn t even finish the damned thing Tossed it into my donation pile a hundred pages in.

    15. I went into this book idolizing Feynman But I finished it thinking that he was an asshole who got excused for his behavior by possessing high intelligence I used to think that Feynman was a fun, eccentric, bongo playing scientist who wooed women Now I know that he was one of the original douchebag Pick Up artists and gave no regard for the feelings of others.He also wasn t a very good scientist This revelation, not expressly said in the book, was a bit upsetting to me He was an awful scientist H [...]

    16. I heard Feynman speak a number of times at conferences in the 1970 s He was a good speaker I chose this biography as I wanted to know about this famous professor Richard Feynman 1918 1988 was a genius in mathematical physics He was called the most original mind of his generation Quantum electrodynamics QED was developed into an effective theory in 1948 independently by Feynman, Julian Schwinger and Shinichiro Tomona Ga In 1965 the three shared the Nobel Prize for the theory.The author reveals t [...]

    17. The book was a technical tour de force in the way it attempted to bring extremely esoteric and non intuitive concepts of small scale physics into a popular biography in such detail that it becomes possible to glimpse the nature of Feynman s genius rather than just be told about it That the physical explanations are dense and complex, and probably only partially grasped by the average reader, including your humble correspondent, is hardly The author s fault.A well written and ultimately humbling [...]

    18. I thought this biography sucked Though he may have had his facts exactly right, he missed the whole spirit of what made Feynman cool I don t recommend it I was very disappointed, too, because he did such a great job with the Chaos book.

    19. Five stars if you like Feynman, four stars for everyone else Half genius and half buffoon, Freeman Dyson, himself a rising prodigy, wrote his parents back in England 55Some of them, though never Feynman, put their faith in Werner Heisenberg s wistful dictum, The equation knows best 80 when published, Schwinger s work would violate the Physical Review s guidelines limiting the sprawl of equations across the width of the page 92 It was a unifying principle that would either explain everything or e [...]

    20. After reading Chaos, also by James Gleick, see my review here review show I was curious whether Genius was better written than what I thought of Chaos Sadly it wasn t Like in Chaos, I didn t like the way Gleick writes It s simply too unfocused on the main topic In Chaos, it seemed like a collection of stories and biographies and in Genius, it seems like Gleick wasn t interested at all in Feynmann The book starts off with the events straight after the conclusion of the Manhattan project in which [...]

    21. A remarkable lifeIf you have interest in quantum mechanics and the physicists who have studied the universe at it s smallest, you will like this book One warning It s worth fighting through the dense science that s sprinkled throughout You will come away with an understanding of the complexities of Richard Feynman, the man, and the complexities of his work.

    22. It s not perfect, missing huge pieces of Feynman s later life and dedicating almost no attention to his family, but the book is amazing 4.5 stars

    23. This is an extremely good book The humane aspects of Feynman s character somehow make him look even like a towering genius In some ways he was like the rest of us, but only in the ways that don t really matter Gleick writes beautifully.

    24. I thoroughly enjoy reading about Richard Feynman and his approach to problem solving add to this the narration of James Gleick and you ve got a pretty enjoyable read.

    25. Surly you are joking Mr Feynman, aren t you A respectable and admirable work This book interprets Feynman as A different being who plays human way I have to say that the book ignored some details in certain events, is it for their insignificance or something else that s not clear for me Would definitely enjoy listening to it again.

    26. I really wanted to like this book I have liked other books by the author, and after reading Surely You re Joking Mr Feynman I consider Richard Feynman a personal hero But ultimately I don t feel that this book did him justice, at least to my eyes as a non physicist lay reader This quote, about Feynman, appears near the end of the book They knew they had a remarkable central figure, a scientist who prided himself not on his achievements in science these remained deep in the background but on his [...]

    27. There are books that you read and say Its a good one and you recommend to somebody.Then there are books that you read and say Its a book worth rereading You purchase the book and read it occasionallyd then there are books while reading you realize that this is something you needed, you read further and realize there is something mystical about it and then you don t want it to end But just like every good thing it come to end For me, it was life changing experience.

    28. I picked this up because I had just finished Lawrence Krauss Quantum Man another biography of Feynman and I wanted to compare their content Krauss is a physicist where Gleick is a writer, and that shines through in their respective focuses While Krauss spent much time discussing Feynman s substantive contributions to science, Gleick devotes space to the narrative of Feynman s life, with and detailed accounts of Feynman anecdotes Both are fascinating In the end, however, I can t endorse either [...]

    29. A bit of a long book for me, over 500 pages I have a bad habit of reading several books at once and thus progress slowly or not at all So far, 2 5ths through Richard Feynman is a colorful character, and often this book brings me inside the little episodes that gave Feynman his reputation, leaving me awestruck and wishing I had known about Feynman sooner Well, I read Surely You re Joking, Mr Feynman, ages ago, but I wish I knew about him at the time he was in High School, failing in some subjects [...]

    30. I felt the author James Gleick did a reasonably good job of capturing exactly what the title states Feynman s life and science The earlier part of Feynman s life was the interesting part growing up in Rockaway, attending MIT as an undergraduate, his life as a graduate student at Princeton, helping with the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, and his time as a faculty member at Cornell His time at Cal Tech was less interesting and seemingly less productive I understood Feynman s lack of interest in [...]

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