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Feynman's Rainbow : A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life

Feynman's Rainbow : A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0446692519

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ISBN13: 978-0446692519
ISBN10: 0446692514
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Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Warner Books
Published: 2003
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Feynman's Rainbow : A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0446692519

Leonard Mlodinow

ISBN13: 978-0446692519
ISBN10: 0446692514
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Warner Books

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

"In the early 1980's, Leonard Mlodinow came to the California Institute of Technology to begin a postdoctoral fellowship. Mlodinow had written a groundbreaking Ph.D. thesis, but he was afraid he was simply not smart enough to be at Caltech. In danger of losing himself watching hours of Rockford Files reruns while waiting for one good idea, Mlodinow took his doubts and insecurities to Caltech's intimidating resident genius and iconoclast, Richard Feynman. So began a pivotal year in a young man's life and a year of awakening." In the funny, inspiring, and revelatory book, Leonard Mlodinow looks back at the time he shared with Feynman: the ideas they explored, the views of life and physics they exchanged, and what Mlodinow learned from a mentor who had not only helped shape the landscape of physics, but whose mind was drawn to all aspects of human experience. In a series of fascinating, sprawling exchanges, Feynman delved into the nature of science, creativity, love, mathematics, happiness, God, art, pleasures and ambition. And as the relationship between the older scientist and Mlodinow deepened - at one point the two crashed a wedding buffet together - their conversations took on a sense of urgency. For while Mlodinow was floundering, Feynman was battling cancer - and confronting his own mortality.

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