Aug 1, 2012

Feynman - Jim Ottaviani

Feynman - Ottaviani, Jim

Summary: "In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man's life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman's exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death"-- from publisher's web site.

Choice Reviews
This biography in graphic novel form draws on widely available primary materials, principally the popular scientific writings and anecdotal memoirs of Richard Feynman, one of the 1965 Nobel laureates in physics and one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century. Ottaviani has written several other histories of science in graphic novel form, including Suspended in Language: Niels Bohr's Life, Discoveries, and the Century He Shaped (CH, Dec'04, 42-2193). This is Ottaviani's first collaboration with illustrator Myrick. Ottaviani and Myrick utilize the freedom provided by the graphic novel format to describe Feynman's physics using pictures, as Feynman preferred when communicating complex ideas in quantum electrodynamics. In addition to Feynman's personal life story, Ottaviani includes some of Feynman's own narrative on the development of physical ideas. The high-quality color graphics and tight writing make for enjoyable reading. A full bibliography with primary and secondary resources appears at the end of the book. While not a work of academic scholarship, this biography provides an accessible introduction to Feynman for general audiences, and particularly teens and young adults. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and secondary school students. General Readers. S. A. Curtis University of Missouri--Kansas City Copyright 2012 American Library Association.

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