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netnet

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Best books on and by Feynman
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:11:22 PM »
What are the best books by and about Richard Feynman?  I plan to read up on him this summer.

Thanks!

By the way I recently saw his 2 minute video on how rubberbands work, such genius at explanation as well as child-like enthusiasm! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRxAn2DRzg
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Re: Best books on and by Feynman
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 09:13:52 PM »
"Surely you're joking..." is a great book.  There are some other talks he has given on youtube which demonstrate how he thought and how he taught others..

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Re: Best books on and by Feynman
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 10:06:09 PM »
The best book that really demonstrates Feynman's talent as a science teacher:
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter (https://www.amazon.com/QED-Strange-Princeton-Science-Library/dp/0691164096/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526447049&sr=8-1&keywords=qed+feynman)

This topic, Quantum Electrodynamics, is what he won the Nobel prize for. I read this book when I was in my tenth grade, the book has no equations and is written for the layman. How many noble prize winning physicists can explain their theory to a 16 year old in real depth? This is Feynman at his best! Highly recommend it.

If you want a more technical book that shows how awesome Feynman is as an undegrad teacher, I recommend the second volume of Feynman's lectures.

If you are looking for life of Feynman, I recommend Surely You're Joking..
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Re: Best books on and by Feynman
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 07:05:54 AM »
If you want to get a balanced and not-overly-positive viewpoint, you should read

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
by James Gleick
Link: http://a.co/6wPVIaU

"Surely you're joking..." and others from that series are great and funny, but completely one-sided.
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Re: Best books on and by Feynman
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 10:03:04 AM »
Excellent,  Thanks all.  I have most of my summer reading lined up! 8)

(Note: Feynman's two volumes of lectures, as well as the Intelligent Investor were sitting in the bookcase in my dad's study; sadly at 16, I 'read' Playboy and invested in penny stocks instead. :-[ )
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