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Ottaviani, Jim.
Adult Fiction OTTAVIA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Jumping from the Manhattan Project laboratories of Los Alamos, N.Mex., to the beaches of Rio, Ottaviani and Myrick's portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and general polymath Richard Feynman eschews chronology in favor of rhythm, and it's an approach that suits their subject perfectly. While Feynman's role in the creation of the atomic bomb and his contributions to 20th-century quantum electrodynamics are fascinating topics, they share equal time with his vaguely libertine (for a physicist, anyway) approach to romance and his tireless-and uneven-attempts to understand such nonscientific pursuits as art, language, safecracking, samba music, and cooking. Though he was indisputably one of the leading figures in the post-Einstein scientific landscape, Feynman's most enduring pursuit was making physics accessible to the layman, and several sections of the book illustrate how this impulse went beyond mere populism and came to dominate his scientific life. When he wasn't relaxing on the beach, he frequently chose teaching freshmen or lecturing to the general public over pure research. Myrick's light, sketchy inks keep the proceedings from bogging down, even in the lecture hall, and an extensive bibliography and sketchbook prove that the most dogged intellectual pursuit can still be a good time. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Ottaviani's Two-Fisted Science includes several anecdotes drawn from the remarkable life of Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88). Those incidents are repeated here, woven into a full-length biography of this brilliant, irreverent, and insatiably curious man, moving from his early years when his father encouraged his interest in science, to his recruitment into the Manhattan Project, and on through his groundbreaking work in quantum electro-dynamics and his career as a Caltech professor. Along the way, he also became a safecracker, a samba percussionist, the godfather of nanotechnology, and the key investigator of the space shuttle Challenger explosion. VERDICT Ottaviani casts Feynman, a renowned raconteur, as narrator of his own story and reveals his expansive personality and his inner emotional life in a wealth of well-chosen details and anecdotes-most movingly in an account of Feynman's despair in the wake of his first wife's death and the horrible destruction caused by the atomic bomb, and how the simple fun and joy he found in science helped him move on. A fine introduction to a great character; recommended for teens and adults.-S.R. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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