An illuminating portrayal of Richard Feynman-a giant
of twentieth century physics-from his childhood tinkering with
radios, to his vital work on the Manhattan Project and
Raised in Depression-era Rockaway Beach, physicist Richard
Feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic-a
new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. His quick
mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos
working on the Manhattan Project under J. Robert Oppenheimer, where
the giddy young man held his own among the nation's greatest minds.
There, Feynman turned theory into practice, culminating in the
Trinity test, on July 16, 1945, when the Atomic Age was born. He
was only twenty-seven. And he was just getting started.
In this sweeping biography, James Gleick captures the forceful
personality of a great man, integrating Feynman's work and life in
a way that is accessible to laymen and fascinating for the
scientists who follow in his footsteps.