Andrew's Reviews > Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

Genius by James Gleick
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Jan 04, 2011

really liked it
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Feynman was truly one of a kind. This biography was really a great exploration of a really fascinating character and a brilliant mind. I found his genius both inspiring and discouraging. He'd probably let Gleick know how much he didn't appreciate the title of the book.

The end felt a bit rushed and at times I wish more space was dedicated to his personal life. I suppose that's what Feynman's anecdote collections are for. I'm not a brilliant physics mind so while the science was fascinating, it was tiresome and wore me down. I feel like I've been working on this for ages. Thankfully no one will see it on my desk and ask what it's about anymore. It definitely rekindled an interest in science for me, I feel a nonfiction kick coming on.

One last note: The lengthy chapter on "genius" was really long and, if I recall correctly, was placed in the middle of some serious science. That was a really brutal stretch and I wish it would have been presented differently.

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