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Title: Best books on and by Feynman
Post by: netnet 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRxAn2DRzg)
Title: Re: Best books on and by Feynman
Post by: boilermaker75 on May 15, 2018, 05:28:05 PM
I highly recommend

https://www.amazon.com/Surely-Youre-Joking-Mr-Feynman-ebook/dp/B003V1WXKU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526430443&sr=8-1&keywords=richard+feynman+books

and

https://www.amazon.com/What-Care-Other-People-Think-ebook/dp/B004OA6KIS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1526430443&sr=8-4&keywords=richard+feynman+books
Title: Re: Best books on and by Feynman
Post by: nodnub 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..
Title: Re: Best books on and by Feynman
Post by: rishig 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..
Title: Re: Best books on and by Feynman
Post by: Jurgis 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.
Title: Re: Best books on and by Feynman
Post by: netnet 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. :-[ )