FEYNMAN by Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick

                                    

I have sort of been obsessed with physicist Richard Feynman since I was old enough to read his books, like Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, in high school. (My grandfather back in Pasadena knew and disliked him, apparently…but I thought he was Super Cool.)

The thing is, in my earlier life, when I thought of science, I thought… well, possibly boring, or dry, or confusing.

But Feynman! Not only did he win a Nobel Prize in physics, not only did he participate in the Manhattan project and uncover the key to the Challenger disaster, but he was also an adventurer, a ladies man, a bongo-player, an artist, a wild card. Far from perfect, but also far from boring.

He’s also probably the only reason I understand anything about physics. RF was the type of writer (and clearly the type of teacher) that could make intensely complicated subjects (fairly) accessible even to (relatively) simpleminded folk like myself.

Part straight biography, and part adaptation of RF’s own writings, FEYNMAN doesn’t shy away from giving the reader some science to chew on. But it takes a page from Feynman’s book (so to speak) and delivers complex information in a way that the layman can grasp without being condescending.

Any biography of Feynman has the potential to be really good and juicy. And this extremely attractive graphic biography is both. FEYNMAN is a winner for graphic novel fans, science fans, and Fascinating People of the 20th Century fans, and will also appeal to those who just love books as objects. It is really quite stunning to look at and a pleasure to hold.