Ottaviani, Jim

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Richard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker.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.Anyone who ever wanted to know more about Richard P. Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, the fine art of the bongo drums, the outrageously obscure nation of Tuva, or the development and popularization of the field of physics in the United States need look no further than this rich and joyful work. One of School Library Journal 's Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011One of Horn Book 's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2013
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 1596438274
Branch Call Number: 921 Feynm
Characteristics: 262 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sycamore, Hilary
Myrick, Leland


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Richard Feynman was one of the younger scientists entrusted to work on the atomic bomb, but the graphic novel biography Feynman shows that there is so much more to his life than just those few years.

For one thing, the Nobel-winning physicist was equally fascinated with art, using diagrams to explain his science in a way for which he could not always find the right words. What better representation for an artistic scientist's life than a graphic novel?

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/feynman_ottaviani

Jun 28, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Weaves through the Nobel-Prize winner’s life, covering his close relationship with his uniform salesman father in Long Island, to his work on the Manhattan Project, to his public lectures and books that made physics more accessible to non-physicists, to his iconoclastic work on the Challenger disaster. This great thinker preferred playing bongo drums, cracking safes, and using a strip club for an office to wearing a tux at award ceremonies, spending inordinate amounts of time doing traditional research, or playing sycophant to fellow theoretical physicists. If you have an interest in hard science or you’re like me and just interested in oddly brilliant people, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

Jun 19, 2013
  • Mark_Daly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hefty tome (for a graphic novel) provides a tasty review of the life, work and preoccupations of an engaging theoretical scientist. A lovely use of the medium. Includes a great annotated bibliography for those who want to dive deeper.

"Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Richard Feynman played a role in the creation of the atomic bomb and was one of the pioneers of quantum electrodynamics. He was also an enthusiastic percussionist and a talented safecracker. This biography in graphic novel form casts Feynman as the narrator of his own story, interweaving episodes from his personal life with scenes from his work on everything from the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico to the Rogers Commission, which investigated the Challenger disaster. For more about Feynman, in his own words, check out "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character." Teen Scene November 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=565687

May 29, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You won't learn much science with this but this guy is really amazing and these people do a great job telling about his life.

May 28, 2012
  • russtm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I agree with Bewlay. A fun and charming retrospective of the life of a scientific giant and mischevious trouble maker.

Feb 06, 2012
  • Bewlay rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best graphic biographies I have read. Highly recommended.


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