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He was a brilliant physicist, cracked safes, found the cause of the Challenger disaster and loved playing bongo drums for a long time. John and Mary Gribbin tell the exemplary life of Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman. From the American by Thorsten Schmidt.

Review note on Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 10, 2000

Hartmut Hänsel is not very enthusiastic about John and Mary Gribbin's biography of the famous physicist Richard Feynman. He criticizes the missing link between the admittedly abundant facts about Feynman's life and work and also criticizes the fact that only superficial insights are offered into the pioneering work of the physicist. The autobiographical anecdotes, which have already been published in two volumes, are much fresher and also convey an "authentic mood picture of the time" - which Hansel cannot attest to the gribbins. The biographers could "learn something" from Feynman when it comes to their own field of work.
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Review note on Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 3, 2000

In her criticism, Susanne Wedlich traces very clearly - if perhaps not intentionally - how she fared while reading this biography. In the first chapters, the admiring tone of the authors gets on her nerves and the "uncritical" retelling of long-known episodes. Most of the characters in the book are "anemic". She is particularly offended by the portrayal of the wives. The authors characterize Feynman's second wife as a 'blonde sex bomb'. The next chapters, says Wedlich, describe the scientific work of Feynman, who received the Nobel Prize in 1965 for his research in quantum electrodynamics. "Hard fare", the reviewer notes, and presented "without didactic genius" on top of that. She breathes a sigh of relief when the authors turn back to the private sphere. And lo and behold - what got on her nerves before, she now likes: suddenly "the people gain in depth".
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