Book 180: What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard P. Feynman

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What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard P. Feynman

Finished reading on June 28th, 2015

Rating: 7/10

This is a collection of Feynman stories that mostly weren’t quite as humorous as in “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”, they’re rather more sad especially as it was first published a little after Feynman died, so there’s this feeling of gloom in there (or at least that’s what I felt).

In this one you get more stories about Arlene and the Challenger. For a while I felt like I’ve read it all before – if you’ve read “Don’t You Have Time To Think?” then you get basically most of Feynman stories in letter-form, but there were some exceptions in case of Challenger. In other books I haven’t seen it in such detail, and the details here make it really interesting – for example when Feynman’s almost ranting about bullet points that NASA uses 🙂 and you get more of what was going on with the Challenger investigation, and see a different side to the people involved and you’ll actually find out about more problems than just the O-rings getting stiff at low temperatures..

So again – it’s short, and interesting if you haven’t just read the same thing in a slightly different form (the first stories in this book are the same ones that Ottaviani’s “Feynman” starts with).

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Book 179: Feynman by Ottaviani & Myrick

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Feynman by Ottaviani & Myrick

Finished reading on June 24th, 2015

Rating: 7/10

If you’re interested in reading a scientists biography in a graphic novel format, then this might be a good choice, although it’s not exactly a biography as such – you just get scenes from Richard Feynman’s life, that you could also find in his stories, but here you get them in a shorter graphic format.

If you already know who Richard Feynman was and have read books by/about him, then it might be a bit boring if you’ve read something just recently, but if it’s been a while since you’ve read about Feynman, then it’s a good reminder.

I like the choice of scenes (There are the essential safe-cracking at Los Alamos, Arlene and Nobel prize etc), the art is nice too, I would have given it a higher rating if I wouldn’t have read so much about Feynman recently.

So in general, if you’ve no idea who Feynman is, pick this book up! It’s a quick read and fun. And it reads almost the same as Feynman stories do, but you get them in a concentrated form.

ATTENTION! – there’s some physics at the end! 🙂

Book 28: The Man Who Changed Everything by Basil Mahon

 
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“The Man Who Changed Everything” by Basil Mahon

Finished reading on January 16, 2013

Rating 9/10

When I had just started studying physics at university level, I found reading scientists’ biographies motivational, even though I might not have understood any of the science to a good enough extent.

James Clerk Maxwell was for me one of those scientists, whose name being mentioned in a lecture made me want to turn invisible, because it almost always meant having to deal with Maxwell’s equations.

I wish I had read “The Man Who Changed Everything” before I acquired a habit of trying to avoid any topics that dealt with electromagnetism. Mahon’s writing is amazing. And the book is truly great.

I’d highly recommend reading this book to any physics student or science buff, but also to someone who might not be that well informed of physics or mathematics – you’ll hardly need it when reading.

James Clerk Maxwell is best known for his work in electromagnetism and statistical mechanics, but he also worked on the theory of colors and tried to explain how the rings of Saturn can be stable.  (one of the reasons I started reading the book was to find out what connection did Maxwell have to Saturn, as it’s on the cover..)