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Following Feynman’s path

Jörg Resag: Feynman and his physics: the life and science of an extraordinary man. Dodrecht: Springer, 2019, xii+319pp, €29.99 HB
  • Marcus Lee NaldalEmail author
Book Review

For the centenary of Richard Feynman (1918–1988), Springer published Feynman und die Physik by Jörg Resag. Fortunately, this well-written book is now available in English, Richard Feynman and His Physics: The Life and Science of an Extraordinary Man (2019). The book has been published as part of the “Springer Biographies” series. However, Resag’s aim is not a comprehensive biography of Feynman (ix). Instead, he uses Feynman’s life as a guiding narrative for the real goal of the book, an enjoyable exposition of developments in twentieth century physics.

Richard Phillips Feynman, Dick, or just Feynman hardly needs an introduction. Feynman was born and raised around Queens, New York, resulting in his distinct accent. Hans Bethe and Wolfgang Pauli later described how “Feynman spoke like a bum” (3). In time Feynman would study at MIT, contribute to the Manhattan Project, become a Nobel Laureate, and be regarded as one of the most “remarkable and famous physicists” of the twentieth century...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Science Studies, Department of MathematicsAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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