Friday, April 29, 2011

Quantum Man

If you happen to be near Anaheim, CA on Monday, you'll get a chance to sit in on a free lecture featuring Lawrence Krauss discussing the life and science of Richard Feynman.

Krauss, one of the country’s leading physicists and science authors, provides a unique perspective on the Nobel Laureate, visionary, and self-described curious character that was Professor Feynman. The lecture takes place Monday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Anaheim, California.

More than twenty years after his death, Feynman remains one of the most legendary people in science. His collected lectures and books have inspired a generation of scientists and nonscientists alike with profound insights, humor and awe-inspiring predictions that have expanded the boundaries of science and technology.

Lawrence Krauss is director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and author of seven books including the wildly popular Physics of Star Trek. His latest book, Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science, offers fresh insight into Feynman’s revolutionary contributions bridging the gap between two of the most powerful theories in physics – special relativity and quantum mechanics.

Here's how Publishers Weekly feels about Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science

“Physicist Richard Feynman has a reputation as a bongo-playing, hard-partying, flamboyant Nobel Prize laureate for his work on quantum electrodynamics theory, but this tends to obscure the fact that he was a brilliant thinker who continued making contributions to science until his death in 1988. He foresaw new directions in science that have begun to produce practical applications only in the last decade: nanotechnology, atomic-scale biology like the manipulation of DNA, lasers to move individual atoms, and quantum engineering. In the 1960s, Feynman entered the field of quantum gravity and created important tools and techniques for scientists studying black holes and gravity waves. Author Krauss (The Physics of Star Trek), an MIT-trained physicist, doesn't necessarily break new ground in this biography, but Krauss excels in his ability, like Feynman himself, to make complicated physics comprehensible. He incorporates Feynman's lectures and quotes several of the late physicist's colleagues to aid him in this process. This book is highly recommended for readers who want to get to know one of the preeminent scientists of the 20th century.”

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