Feynman graphic-novel biography out in paperback today

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4 Responses to “Feynman graphic-novel biography out in paperback today”

  1. I could listen to this man talk all day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3pYRn5j7oI

    So few scientists can speak with such clarity about complex questions! Also, his accent is awesome. He sounds more like someone chatting on a street in Brooklyn than an academic discoursing on the weightiest issues of his day.

  2. Boris Bartlog says:

    They don’t dip into his embarrassing ‘writings’? Since by his own account he actually succeeded in browbeating the woman he was talking about into having sex with him, I don’t think it’s the *writing* about it, per se, that most people would count as a mark against him.

  3. PhasmaFelis says:

    Feynman was a hell of a character. That one really unfortunate chapter from Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! always comes up in these discussions, and rightfully so–it was painful to read. I think we can respect Feynman for everything he was while still acknowledging that his sexual politics were problematic. It’s surprising how many people can’t manage to do both at once–what really gets me are the pathetic modern-day “pick-up artists” who actually take that chapter as a guidebook. I think most of the backlash against Feynman’s sexual politics is actually a direct response to these losers.

    I wouldn’t tolerate a person who treats women like Feynman did during his PUA period, but I do think dead people get a certain amount of leeway for being products of their time; and it’s to Feynman’s credit that he dropped that approach pretty quickly. (“I never really used it after that. I didn’t enjoy doing it that way.”) As long as you’re enough of a grown-up not to take him as a sexual role model, I think it’s okay to dwell more on his successes and his lovable failures.

  4. timquinn says:

    As if any man wouldn’t turn every tool he has toward getting laid. Feynman did the experiment and rejected the results as unacceptable. That is how he rolled. 

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