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I read this book when I was in 7th grade and it had a great impression on me. I had been looking for the book (it went in and out of print over the years) and was shocked when Audible.com advertised the now had an audible book. Will Patton does more than narrate; he makes it more like listening to a radio drama. I believe this book came out in 1959 (the year my parents bought a Plymouth with huge fins) and everything about nuclear war was interesting to a 13-year old. This was only several years before the Cuban Missile Crisis and I remember how scary that was.
As the narrator/author states up front, this book is more about the science of Richard Feynman than his life adventures that are well known. I was impressed, however, that the author could keep the science of particle physics interesting even for non-physicists. It is not that you don't have to pay attention. I'm a electrical engineer with a more than a few physics clases under my belt, but the text was sometimes a challenge to keep up with while driving around in the car (the way I learn most things these days). I have an e-book version also and now plan to take a more leisurely read to grasp a bit more.
What I really enjoyed from this book is how the author describes Richard Feynman's mental process in finding solutions. Most popular biographies of great people (especially scientists) center on personal relationships along a chronological path but I prefer to know how the subject thought and dealt with life, both the successes and failures.
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