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Friday, October 7, 2011

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick

Using the graphic novel format, Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick have partnered to create an engaging and completely accessible biography of the world famous physicist, Richard P. Feynman (1918 – 1988)

Feynman is known for his involvement creating the atomic bomb, his work on the panel to investigate the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and how he popularized science in his lectures and books. (The Meaning of it all: Thoughts of a citizen scientist, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, and his autobiography, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a curious character.)

This book, told as if Feynman himself were narrating, chronicles his important life work and his personal relationships, such as his first wife, Arline. They met in 1931, became engaged in 1939, and were married in 1942. She suffered from tuberculosis and, while Feynman was working with Robert Oppenheimer developing the Atomic Bomb that would end World War Two, Arline's health deteriorated until she died in June of 1945.

The illustrations are expressive and capture the mood and changing times during Feynman’s life.

This highly readable biography introduces to Young Adults one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century.

The authors include an "almost complete" bibliography.

Highly recommended.
6 Stars
(Grades 8 up)

For more information about Richard P. Feyman.

There are several movies of Richard P. Feyman on Youtube.

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