Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oh, hey, there's a new Feyman book out!

Book cover of 'Quantum Man,' a bio of Richard Feynman by Lawrence KraussAnd it's by Lawrence Krauss, to boot!

You can read the first chapter for free at Amazon.

Sadly, this event has occasioned one of the more boneheaded conclusions in any book review I've ever read. Robin McKie complains that Krauss "concentrates a little too heavily on the science."

If you know anything at all about Feynman*, you know the stories of Feynman-the-personality have been told to the point where even Feynman fanboys like me are a little sick of hearing them. Kudos to Krauss, I say. At least as far as I can tell from this review. "[P]ages and pages on the minutiae of electron interactions and photon exchanges" is a feature, not a bug.

(h/t: Twin)

[Added] A follow-up.

* However, if you don't know anything about Feynman, you're in for a treat. Even if you would say you don't like science. Seriously. A truly fascinating and heroic person. Read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman and What Do You Care What Other People Think? and then read James Gleick's biography.

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