Feynman's Rainbow

Feynman's Rainbow

A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life

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Academic scientist turned Hollywood screen writer, Mlodinow recounts his first year on the faculty at California Technical Institute, beginning in winter 1981, and his interactions there with renowned physicist Richard Feynman during his last years. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780446530453
Branch Call Number: 530.0924 Mlodinow 2003
Characteristics: xiv, 171 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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johnf108 Aug 29, 2011

A young physics post-doc at CalTech wonders if his getting hired was the university's mistake and he "will be found out."
His struggles with why he is there, if he can do the work and even if this is what he should be doing.
He talks to Richard Feynman to get answers but instead only gets more questions which finally point him to discover what he acutally finds interesting in physics and life.
The author is an Evanston High School grad..


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