Book Club: ‘No Ordinary Genius’ Discusses Life of Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Feynman Nov. 10

| October 9, 2014

Webster University Library will host the next Book Club discussion Monday, Nov. 10, discussing No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Feynman by editor Christopher Sykes, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. Join us as we discuss the book and feel free to bring a lunch. Everyone is welcome.

With the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature just announced Oct. 9, the Webster University Book Club was in a Nobel state of mind when they chose No Ordinary Genius as its next selection. This book combines interviews with 1965 Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, stories from his colleagues and family, and of course, illustrations to touch on his life and work from Los Alamos to Stockholm to the Shuttle Commission in 1986.

Synopsis from

With a unique combination of dazzling intellect and touching simplicity, Feynman had a passion for physics that was merely the Nobel Prize-winning part of an immense love of life and everything it could offer. He was hugely irreverent and always completely honest—with himself, with his colleagues, and with nature.

No Ordinary Genius traces Feynman’s remarkable adventures inside and outside science, in words and more than one-hundred photographs, many of them supplied by his family and close friends. The words are often his own and those of family, friends, and colleagues…The book gives vivid insight into the mind of a great creative scientist at work and at play, and it challenges the popular myth of the scientist as a cold reductionist dedicated to stripping romance and mystery from the natural world. Feynman’s wonderfully infectious enthusiasm shines through in his photographs and in his tales.

View the video No Ordinary Genius from BBC Horizon (1993) above, or at YouTube.


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