04-22-2009 12:53 AM
04-23-2009 09:45 PM
If you haven't already read them, consider something by George Gamov, for example:
Mr. Tompkins in Paperback
Thirty Years That Shook Physics Gamov knew a lot of these people personally and can tell a lot of funny anecdotes.
James Gleick has written a biography of Feynman:
as well as the fascinating Chaos.
You might pull something from the library shelves by Brian Greene or Carl Sagan and see if they offer the same lure as Feynman. Greene, in particular, is likely to be a little slower going, but he is contributing today:
"Brian Greene received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the physics faculty at Cornell University in 1990, was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, and in 1996 joined Columbia University where he is professor of physics and mathematics. He has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than twenty-five countries and is widely regarded for a number of ground breaking discoveries in superstring theory. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City."
"...compulsively readable. ...Greene threatens to do for string theory what Stephen Hawking did for black holes." -- from back cover of The Elegant Universe.