I also think Mlodinow worked out early in the pi ...more
Instead this book is all about "a day in the life of" a physicist. It tells all the anxiety, jealousy, squabbling, prestige, grit, moments of truth and the joy of finding a consistent theory of a physicist.
After completing his PhD, Mlodinow was ...more
Leonard Mlodinow [LM] es un físico teórico que en su tesis doctoral propuso un enfoque completamente novedoso que permitía resolver muchos problemas conocidos de la física de una manera mucho más simple. A grandes rasgos, su modelo suponía que el Universo tenía infinitas dimensiones espaciales, lo cual permitía, de alguna retorcida manera, simplificar todos los cálculos de los problemas más famosos de la mecánica cuántica. Esta tesis le consiguió el acceso a los mejores puestos de investigación...more
In particular, the author recollects his time with Feynman who at the time was in the final stages of his cancer. Even then, Feynman was so warm and full of life. There is a lot a physicist can learn from this book. A general audience will als ...more
Reviewed by NC Weil
The author, a freshly-minted young Ph.D. physicist, was offered a position on California Institute of Technology’s faculty in 1981. At that time, the Caltech physics department boasted two Nobel Prize winners: Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann. These two were as opposite in temperament and approach as two titans of subatomic physics could be, and Mlodinow’s office location on the same hall gave him access to both.
But it is Feynman he fo ...more
Caltech is the home of some of the best minds in physics. Most notable physicists on its faculty included Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann; both are Nobel laureates. The author narrates in simple words his casual interactions with Richard Feynman when he (author) was a freshman-faculty member at the physics department. Feeling unsettled in the world of giants, he looks for guidance and direction to establish his career, and in the process learns some basic lessons about b ...more
This book is an intriguing series of conversations between Feynman and Leonard Mlodinow, then a new faculty member at Caltech who finds himself having a dry spell in research (oh hello, imposter syndrome!), and given an office in the same hallway as Feynman. Mlodinow uses his conversations with Feynman to guide his path through physics, and along the way discovers what lies behind Fe ...more
Most of it deals with his personal search for his direction in life and a feeling of inadequacy being in such rarified company. His interactions with Feynman act as guideposts towards finding his future path.
This is a short and easily read book. I'm not sure I learned anything new about Feynman, someone I have read a lot about, but the ...more
This book is about Mlodinow starting out at Caltech, with a very good PhD thesis that made some waves in the physics community, but also with a serious case of impostor's syndrome. On his floor, just two doors down, is a dying Feynman, not far from that, Murray Gell-Mann's office - the relationship between both as well as their relative outlook on life is the undercurrent of this book, with a ...more
The narrator of the book, Dr. Mlodinow, was a young physicist when Feynman was nearing what was (sadly) to be the end of his career. While I read, I was partly envious of Mlodinow's opportunities to pester Fe ...more
Unfortunately, there is very little of Feynman to be found. From the technical perspect ...more
I've read several of Feynman's books and have enjoyed their blend of personality and science. Mlodinow creates the same blend, just it's not 100% his personality carrying the books...like Feynman's books, it's Feynman's personality that sells this ...more
It is written in a near non-fiction format that runs smoothly and is very clear and concise, when it is not talking about physics.
It is apparent that the author tries to dumb down the physics a bit to reach a wider audience, but then it just digresses into a three way conversation ...more
It was an enjoyable read.
Mlodinow was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1959, of parents who were both Holocaust survivors. His father, who spent more than a year in the Buchenwald death camp, had been a leader in the Jewish resistance under Nazi rule in his hometown of Częstochowa, Poland. As a child, Mlodinow was interested in both mathematics and chemistry, and while in high schoo ...more