Synopses & Reviews
- Initial print run of 125,000
- National Press Release--Science Friday
- 20-city radio satellite tour
- Advertised in the NY Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, Atlantic Monthly, Discover, New Yorker, Physics Today and Chronicle Review
- Recording contains the most poignant selected letters from arguably the most prominent physicist after Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking
An extraordinary volume of never-before-published letters written by one of America's most beloved scientists. Richard P. Feynman, brilliant physicist and beloved teacher, is an iconic figure in the world of science. While there have been many books celebrating his myriad scientific achievements and personal eccentricities, his personal correspondence has remained largely hidden from view buried in the archive at Caltech or locked in a box in his daughter's Pasadena home. Now, for the first time, we have the privilege of reading his wonderful letters to students, long-lost relatives, former lovers, crackpots, colleagues, and die-hard fans. From his early love letters to his first wife Arline, who died at Los Alamos of tuberculosis, to his decades-long attempt to resign from the National Academy of Sciences, Feynman shares his views on feminism, fatherhood and everything in between. These letters, which span a full half-century, tell the story of a marvelous and inventive life, and reveal the pathos and wisdom of a man many felt close to but few really knew. By turns abrasive and charming, intimate and inspiring, we see the many sides of Richard Feynman, and treasure him all the more.