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Book Title: Richard Feynman: A Life in Science (Penguin Press Science)|
The author of the book: John Gribbin
ISBN 13: 9780140253344
Edition: Penguin Books Ltd
Date of issue: February 26th 1998
Format files: PDF
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Richard P. Feynman was one of the greatest physicists of all time. This book provides a short overview of his background and his many accomplishments.
The book begins with Feynman's childhood in New York and how his father encouraged his early scientific development. It also describes how one of Feynman's earliest heroes was Paul Dirac, who among other things, received the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics. Interestingly, Feynman has on occasion been referred to as "another Dirac, but this time human". Feynman's interactions and his competitive relationship with mathematical virtuoso Julian Schwinger are also briefly discussed, along with how Feynman eventually shared the 1965 Nobel Prize with Schwinger and Tomonaga for independently formulating the theory of QED. The book also contains short descriptions of Feynman's other contributions to various areas of physics, his development of the famous Feynman diagrams, how he became a legendary teacher at Caltech, and also played the drums. At one point he even played on a professional basis in a group called "The Three Quarks"!
Although this book is somewhat lacking in depth and accuracy, and contains no photographs, it is good at capturing Feynman's personality, his brilliance and originality, and his spirit.
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Read information about the authorJohn R. Gribbin is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings includes quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.
John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Sussex in 1966. Gribbin then earned his master of science (M.Sc.) degree in astronomy in 1967, also from the Univ. of Sussex, and he earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge (1971).
In 1968, Gribbin worked as one of Fred Hoyle's research students at the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, and wrote a number of stories for New Scientist about the Institute's research and what were eventually discovered to be pulsars.
In 1974, Gribbin published, along with Stephen Plagemann, a book titled The Jupiter Effect, that predicted that the alignment of the planets in quadrant on one side of the Sun on March 10, 1982 would cause gravitational effects that would trigger earthquakes in the San Andreas fault, possibly wiping out Los Angeles and its suburbs. Gribbin repudiated The Jupiter Effect in the July 17, 1980, issue of New Scientist magazine in which he stated that he had been "too clever by half".
In 1984, Gribbin published In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, the book that he is best known for, which continues to sell well 28 years after publication. It has been described as among the best of the first wave of physics popularisations preceding Stephen Hawking's multi-million-selling A Brief History of Time. Gribbin's book has been cited as an example of how to revive an interest in the study of mathematics.
In 2006, Gribbin took part in a BBC radio 4 broadcast as an "expert witness". Presenter Matthew Parris discussed with Professor Kathy Sykes and Gribbin whether Einstein "really was a 'crazy genius' ".
At the 2009 World Conference of Science Journalists, the Association of British Science Writers presented Gribbin with their Lifetime Achievement award.