I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I enjoyed this book. It is somewhat technical, but not too much and an understanding of these things is not really necessary to enjoy the book. If you have an interest in the history of science, like I do, you will like this book. Feynman lived in a pretty cool time for his field and he himself was a pretty cool guy. Very entertaining. Also, the narrator does a good job.
This is a superb biography, Gleick's masterpiece. He not only gets into the science, the other scientists, and the personal life of Feynman, but he presents a feel for what he was actually like. I can picture Feynman lecturing, complaining about curricula, and impressing his colleagues and women through this book. Gleick goes on welcome tangents about topics like genius, the apt title of the book. Many great stories abound.
I was surprised to learn that Dick Estell had mispronounced some names and terms upon scanning other reviews. I know of some famous scientists, and I have an MS in Math, but when I listened to this audio book, I didn't catch the errors, probably because I didn't know the pronunciations of some of the scientists myself. I only mention this because I would not let concerns over mispronunciations deter you from listening. (I know I would.) This is the best bio out there on Feynman, and the narration kept me going.
I am a math teacher in a vocational school. I want to become a physics teacher also. Self development, teaching and upbringing intrest me.
This book is quite extensive. What makes one a genius is a riddle and this book nicely pondered questions around it
Learning that Dick did physics just for the excitement of finding out things. Even though for the advancement of physics it could have been more benefitual if he had read more about other peoples research. But then on the other hand it was important that he had his own way of thinking and calculating
So far most informative book about Feynman that I have read.
Good biography balancing his life story with his contributions to science. Balanced approach makes it readable and you don't have to be a science wiz to understand his contributions. Very readable.
The performer cannot pronounce some pretty basic words. For example, he pronounces the first "s" in "Descartes" and "matrices" like "mattresses". Most European names were butchered. Many technical terms slaughtered. It's extremely distracting and makes the science and the story enormously hard to follow. I strongly recommend reading this book in text rather than listening to the audiobook.
I suspect that reading this book on my own would have been preferable to this lacklustre reading. If the non-nuanced drone did not lull you to sleep; perhaps, it was from the jolt of the plethora of mispronunciations - names and common words - detritus, for example. An editor would have been helpful; Estell should realize that we are blushing with him. Despite the reading, I felt both entertained and edified by this biography. A five star awaiting another opportunity.
Yes, to a professional scientist or proficient lay scientist. There is a lot of physics that may be difficult for someone with no college physics.
Feynman's work on the atomic bomb while simultaneously caring for and exalting in the love of his life (his wife) dying from tuberculosis.
Feynman's rivalry with Schwinger and Gell-mann demonstrating an insecurity, which is not apparent in most descriptions of Feynman.
Gleick rambles on about genius, what it is and how to detect it. I think about half of that discussion could be cut. But it is a theme and Gleick raises several interesting issues about genius.