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Quantum Man : Richard Feynman's Life in Science - Lawrence Krauss

Quantum Man

Richard Feynman's Life in Science

Hardcover Published: 21st March 2011
ISBN: 9780393064711
Number Of Pages: 350

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Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman changed the way we think about quantum mechanics, the most perplexing of all physical theories. Here Lawrence M. Krauss, himself a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, offers a unique scientific biography: a rollicking narrative coupled with clear and novel expositions of science at the limits. An immensely colorful persona in and out of the office, Feynman revolutionized our understanding of nature amid a turbulent life. Krauss presents that life--from the death of Feynman's childhood sweetheart during the Manhattan Project to his reluctant rise as a scientific icon--as seen through the science, providing a new understanding of the legacy of a man who has fascinated millions. An accessible reflection on the issues that drive physics today, Quantum Man captures the story of a man who was willing to break all the rules to tame a theory that broke all the rules.

About the Author

Lawrence M. Krauss is the director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University and has written more than three hundred scientific publications and seven books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, and Shaker Heights, Ohio.


Richard Feynman - an amazing man


Leisure reading and/or reference for those with an interst in physics and quantam theory.

Melbourne, AU


Quantum Man

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"Engaging... Krauss explains scientific material in a clear, lively style that would have earned Feynman's approval... A worthy addition to the Feynman shelf and a welcome follow-up to the standard-bearer, James Gleick's Genius." -- Kirkus Reviews "Seamlessly entwining colorful episodes of physics' most 'curious character' with wonderfully clear descriptions of Feynman's penetrating breakthroughs in quantum theory, Krauss's account is both entertaining and masterly. A great read." -- Brian Greene, author of The Hidden Reality and The Elegant Universe "Such a charismatic figure deserves a charismatic, knowledgeable, and literate physicist as his warts-and-all biographer. Lawrence Krauss fits the bill admirably and rises to the challenge with style, panache, and deep understanding." -- Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth "A lively and engrossing biography of a lively and engrossing man. Krauss recounts the life and ideas of one of the century's greatest scientist with a deep understanding of both the physics and the man, presented with great lucidity and charm." -- Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works

Introductionp. xi
The Paths to Greatness
Lights, Camera, Actionp. 3
The Quantum Universep. 18
A New Way of Thinkingp. 36
Alice in Quantumlandp. 51
Ending and Beginningsp. 59
Loss of Innocencep. 76
Paths to Greatnessp. 92
From Here to Infinityp. 108
Splitting an Atomp. 124
Through a Glass Darklyp. 141
The Rest of the Universe
Matter of the Heart and the Heart of Matterp. 163
Rearranging the Universep. 180
Hiding in the Mirrorp. 193
Distractions and Delightsp. 218
Twisting the Trail of the Cosmosp. 233
From Top to Bottomp. 263
Truth, Beauty, and Freedomp. 287
Epilogue: Character Is Destinyp. 314
Acknowledgments and Sourcesp. 321
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780393064711
ISBN-10: 0393064719
Series: Great Discoveries
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 21st March 2011
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1