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Amazing Asimov and Fabulous (and funny) Feynman

COS booksIsaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and popular science books.

He is widely considered a master of “hard science fiction” along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A Heinlein. His most famous work is the Foundation Series. As a science writer, he excelled in explaining scientific concepts in an historical way and his books are still worth reading today.

He is considered to be the most prolific writer of his time, having written or edited 500 books. In addition to his books on science, Asimov has written on a variety of other topics, such as Shakespeare and the bible. In fact, his books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal system.

  • Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery
  • Foundation Series
  • I, Robot
  • Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare
  • Asimov Laughs Again: More than 700 Favorite Jokes, Limericks, and Anecdotes

Richard Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (1918 – 1988) was an American physicist and Nobel Prize winner who left his mark on virtually every area of modern physics. According to his biographer, James Gleick, Feynman ceaselessly questioned scientific truths – originality was his obsession. He worked on the atomic bomb as a young scientist during World War II, and went on to teach at CalTech.

He popularized physics through his books and lectures. Feynman has been called the “Great Explainer,” as he gained a reputation for taking great care when giving explanations to students at Caltech. He was known to be something of a gleeful showman.

Throughout his life, he exhibited a strong tendency toward curiosity and adventure. Those adventures are recounted in the book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” a collection of amusing anecdotes and outrageous exploits.

Notable books by Feynman:

  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
  • The Meaning of it all: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Notable books about Feynman:

  • Feynman graphic novel by Ottaviani
  • Genius: the Life and Science of Richard Feyman by james Gleick

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