by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick
This writing and illustrating team offers a fresh look at the life of famed physicist Richard Feynman, framing his world within brightly colored panels and impressionistic lines. Their comic book–style biography follows its hero from his early job on the Manhattan Project through his role investigating the Challenger disaster. Much like Feynman himself, the book succeeds in making complicated science clear—and gladly takes detours from the cerebral side of physics to travel the globe, tell some jokes, and meet a few girls. In this excerpt,
Feynman attempts to decode his Nobel Prize–winning work on quantum electrodynamics.
of the Universe
Physicist Brian Cox returns as host for this follow-up to the interplanetary investigations of BBC’s Wonders of the Solar System, this time guiding viewers on a whirlwind tour of the whole cosmos. The four-part series starts close to home with a visit to Chankillo, Peru, site of one of the world’s first solar calendars, but soon ventures out to deep space, tracing Mercury’s unusual orbit, witnessing galactic collisions, and chasing the very first light back in time to the dawn of the universe. If all this exotic travel sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t worry. Cox keeps things grounded with commonsense commentary that connects the dots. Available now.