Raised in depression-era rockaway beach, eccentric, physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. His quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project under J. And he was just getting started.
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman #ad - In this sweeping biography, james gleick captures the forceful personality of a great man, integrating Feynman’s work and life in a way that is accessible to laymen and fascinating for the scientists who follow in his footsteps. He was only twenty-seven.
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious CharacterW. W. Norton & Company #ad - A new york times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. Richard feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. In short, here is feynman's life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.
Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador.
"What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious CharacterW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The new york times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. We are also given a fascinating narrative of the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster’s cause by an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.
. Among its many tales—some funny, arlene, others intensely moving—we meet Feynman’s first wife, who taught him of love’s irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. What do you care what other people think?" is Feynman’s last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.
"What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character #ad - Feynman!"one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life.
Isaac NewtonVintage #ad - During the years he was an irascible presence at Trinity College, gravity, Newton imagined properties of nature and gave them names—mass, Cambridge, velocity—things our science now takes for granted. Isaac newton was born in a stone farmhouse in 1642, fatherless and unwanted by his mother. Inspired by aristotle, newton grasped the intangible and dared to take its measure, spurred on by Galileo’s discoveries and the philosophy of Descartes, a leap of the mind unparalleled in his generation.
James gleick, and one of the most acclaimed science writers of his generation, brings the reader into Newton’s reclusive life and provides startlingly clear explanations of the concepts that changed forever our perception of bodies, and motion—ideas so basic to the twenty-first century, the author of Chaos and Genius, rest, it can truly be said: We are all Newtonians.
Isaac Newton #ad - When he died in london in 1727 he was so renowned he was given a state funeral—an unheard-of honor for a subject whose achievements were in the realm of the intellect.
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman Helix BooksBasic Books #ad - Feynman—from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will fascinate anyone interested in the world of ideas. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science-a life like no other.
. The pleasure of finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P.
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. FeynmanBasic Books #ad - Perfectly reasonable deviations from the Beaten Track is an eloquent testimony to the virtue of approaching the world with an inquiring eye; it demonstrates the full extent of the Feynman legacy like never before. Containing missives to and from such scientific luminaries as victor weisskopf, and people from around the world eager for Feynman's advice and counsel, and Edward Teller, Stephen Wolfram, students, Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track not only illuminates the personal relationships that underwrote the key developments in modern science, as well as a remarkable selection of letters to and from fans, James Watson, family, but also forms the most intimate look at Feynman yet available.
Perfectly reasonable deviations from the beaten track--collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters--offers an unprecedented look at the writer and thinker whose scientific mind and lust for life made him a legend in his own time. Feynman was a man many felt close to but few really knew, and this collection reveals the full wisdom and private passion of a personality that captivated everyone it touched.
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman #ad - Feynman was all these and more. A nobel prize-winning physicist, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, an enthusiastic teacher, a loving husband and father, and a genius of the highest caliber-Richard P. Edited and with additional commentary by his daughter Michelle, it's a must-read for Feynman fans everywhere, and for anyone seeking to better understand one of the towering figures--and defining personalities--of the twentieth century.
Chaos: Making a New ScienceOpen Road Media #ad - The “highly entertaining” new york Times bestseller, which explains chaos theory and the butterfly effect, from the author of The Information Chicago Tribune. For centuries, scientific thought was focused on bringing order to the natural world. In the 1960s, a small group of radical thinkers began to take that notion apart, placing new importance on the tiny experimental irregularities that scientists had long learned to ignore.
But even as relativity and quantum mechanics undermined that rigid certainty in the first half of the twentieth century, no matter how complex, the scientific community clung to the idea that any system, could be reduced to a simple pattern. With more than a million copies sold, chaos is “a groundbreaking book about what seems to be the future of physics” by a writer who has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the author of Time Travel: A History and Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman Publishers Weekly.
Chaos: Making a New Science #ad - . Miniscule differences in data, would eventually produce massive ones—and complex systems like the weather, they said, economics, and human behavior suddenly became clearer and more beautiful than they had ever been before. In this seminal work of scientific writing, James Gleick lays out a cutting edge field of science with enough grace and precision that any reader will be able to grasp the science behind the beautiful complexity of the world around us.
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant TeacherBasic Books #ad - With his dazzling and inimitable wit, Feynman presents each discussion with a minimum of jargon. Six easy pieces, taken from these famous Lectures on Physics, represent the most accessible material from the series. In these classic lessons, quantum mechanics, Feynman introduces the general reader to the following topics: atoms, gravitation, energy, basic physics, and the relationship of physics to other topics.
If one book was all that could be passed on to the next generation of scientists it would undoubtedly have to be Six Easy Pieces. John gribbin, new scientistit was Richard Feynman's outrageous and scintillating method of teaching that earned him legendary status among students and professors of physics.
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher #ad - From 1961 to 1963, feynman delivered a series of lectures at the California Institute of Technology that revolutionized the teaching of physics around the world. Filled with wonderful examples and clever illustrations, Six Easy Pieces is the ideal introduction to the fundamentals of physics by one of the most admired and accessible physicists of modern times.
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist Helix BooksBasic Books #ad - This is quintessential Feynman—reflective, amusing, and ever enlightening. Now, three-part public lecture he gave at the university of washington in 1963—shows us this other side of Feynman, as he expounds on the inherent conflict between science and religion, faith healing, people's distrust of politicians, a wonderful book—based on a previously unpublished, and our universal fascination with flying saucers, and mental telepathy.
Many appreciate Richard P. Feynman's contributions to twentieth-century physics, but few realize how engaged he was with the world around him—how deeply and thoughtfully he considered the religious, political, and social issues of his day. Here we see feynman in top form: nearly bursting into a navajo war chant, finally, then pressing for an overhaul of the English language if you want to know why Johnny can't read, just look at the spelling of “friend”; and, ruminating on the death of his first wife from tuberculosis.
The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas EmergeHarper #ad - Change in technology, gradual, morality, inexorable, language, and society is incremental, and spontaneous. The industrial revolution, the rise of Asia, cell phones, and the Internet were never planned; they happened. Torture, racism, slavery, and pedophilia—all once widely regarded as acceptable—are now seen as immoral despite the decline of religion in recent decades.
On the contrary, our most important achievements develop from the bottom up. Languages emerged and evolved by a form of natural selection, as did common law. It follows a narrative, going from one stage to the next; it creeps rather than jumps; it has its own spontaneous momentum rather than being driven from outside; it has no goal or end in mind; and it largely happens by trial and error—a version of natural selection.
In this wide-ranging and erudite book, our technology, as the force that has shaped much of our culture, our minds, rather than design, Ridley brilliantly makes the case for evolution, and that even now is shaping our future. As compelling as it is controversial, as authoritative as it is ambitious, Ridley’s deeply thought-provoking book will change the way we think about the world and how it works.
The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge #ad - Although we neglect, defy, and ignore them, bottom-up trends shape the world. Just as skeins of geese form vs in the sky without meaning to and ter-mites build mud cathedrals without architects, so brains take shape without brain-makers, learning happens without teaching, and morality changes for no reason other than the prevailing fashion.
. Much of the human world is the result of human action but not of human design: it emerges from the interactions of millions, not from the plans of a few.
The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General RelativityMariner Books #ad - In the midst of a momentous transformation in modern physics, showing us where it started, as scientists look farther and more clearly into space than ever before, The Perfect Theory exposes the greater relevance of general relativity, where it has led—and where it can still take us. One of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades” Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
. Its adherents have revealed what lies at the farthest reaches of the universe, shed light on the smallest scales of existence, and explained how the fabric of reality emerges. Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented it in 1915.
The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity #ad - Relativists were the target of persecution in Hitler’s Germany, hounded in Stalin’s Russia, and disdained in 1950s America. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, an astrophysicist brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge.
This has driven their work to unveil the universe’s surprising secrets even further, and many believe more wonders remain hidden within the theory’s tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. Einstein’s theory, and time, space, which explains the relationships among gravity, is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics—yet studying it has always been a controversial endeavor.
For these scientists, the theory has been both a treasure trove and an enigma. Even today, phd students are warned that specializing in general relativity will make them unemployable.