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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Gleick Narrator: Dick Estell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the twentieth century that “not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also … makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science” (New York Times).

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  • “Mesmerizing…a stimulating adventure in the annals of science…[Feynman] would be surprised by Genius, and very pleasantly so.”

    New York Times

  • “The book is a moving, beautifully written literate and perceptive account of Feynman’s life.”


  • “Gleick’s narrative, consistently measured and elegant is a formidable work of scientific biography.”

    New Statesman

  • “I came away from Genius feeling that I knew a lot more about Feynman and his play in twentieth century science.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “An inspiration to anyone in pursuit of their own fulfillment as a person of genius.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Gleick] steadily levies just enough of the burden of Feynman’s genius on the reader so that the physicist remains, in the end, a person and not an icon of science. A genius could not hope for better.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • the most touching, affecting, and important works of scientific biography to have been produced in the last 30 years, a fine book that deserves a place in every collection.

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1993 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Autobiography/Biography
  • A 1992 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hadrian | 1/28/2014

    " Very impressive biography of Feynman. Extremely interesting book - although with Feynman's life, it isn't too hard to make an interesting story out of it. Good balance of lucid scientific explanations and biographical narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ariane | 1/25/2014

    " James Gleick on Ritty! A winning combination. Even if I couldn't follow all of the science all of the time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 1/25/2014

    " This book is half personal bio of Feynman, half pure physics primer - maybe even more than half. There's a bit too much dense scientific discussion to make it a casual read, but it does provide a useful overview of nearly all the major scientific breakthroughs from Einstein's relativity to nanotechnology. And it sheds some light on a very quirky genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chip | 1/22/2014

    " Bio of Richard Feynman: genius, physicist, teacher, and prankster. "

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