Lawrence Krauss - Quantum Man

March 28, 2011

Host: Chris Mooney

Physicist Lawrence Krauss has written numerous popular books about science, including the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek.

But now he's tried something different—penning a scientific biography of the famed Nobel Prize winning physicist (and infamous bon vivant) Richard Feynman.

The resulting book, Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science, is a fascinating look at the scientific innovations of this larger-than-life figure—a man who also revolutionized physics teaching at Caltech, played a central role in investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and was notorious for hanging out in strip clubs and playing the bongos.

So Point of Inquiry reached Krauss to learn what writing this book was like, and what he learned about Feynman, and about physics at the very highest level, in the process.

Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He's published hundreds of scientific papers as well as numerous popular books, including The Physics of Star Trek, Fear of Physics, and The Fifth Essence.

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Great interview. Lawrence Krauss is an interesting man, and the ideal person to write a biography of Richard Feynman. Chris did an excellent job getting out of the way and letting Krauss talk. Well worth the time.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 at 8:02am by DarronS Comment #1

Great interview. Lawrence Krauss is an interesting man, and the ideal person to write a biography of Richard Feynman. Chris did an excellent job getting out of the way and letting Krauss talk. Well worth the time.

+1

Fine job, Chris!

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 at 9:44am by Trail Rider Comment #2

Already have the book before the article, and so far have enjoyed it. It’s the first book I have by Dr. Krauss, won’t be my last.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 at 6:14am by ShadowSot Comment #3

Shadowsot, you inspired me to download the book for my iPod touch yesterday. I’m almost halfway through it right now. It is not only a very good biography, it is an very good lesson in quantum physics and how Feynman solved some perplexing problems. I’ve read several of Feynman’s books, but this tome by Krauss is giving me a deeper respect not only for the man’s intellect, but for his determination to figure out how the quantum world works.

Posted on Apr 01, 2011 at 6:43pm by DarronS Comment #4

I’ve followed Kraus’ comments in NewScientist over the decades and was invariably impressed by his wit and wisdom.  Thanks, Chris.  Great interview.

Posted on May 25, 2011 at 6:08am by ullrich Comment #5

Great interview. Lawrence Krauss is an interesting man, and the ideal person to write a biography of Richard Feynman. Chris did an excellent job getting out of the way and letting Krauss talk. Well worth the time.

+1

Fine job, Chris!

I agree with you.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 2:54am by FATeam Comment #6

Shadowsot, you inspired me to download the book for my iPod touch yesterday. I’m almost halfway through it right now. It is not only a very good biography, it is an very good lesson in quantum physics and how Feynman solved some perplexing problems. I’ve read several of Feynman’s books, but this tome by Krauss is giving me a deeper respect not only for the man’s intellect, but for his determination to figure out how the quantum world works.

Could you or Shadowsot tell me if there are many pictures/diagrams in the book on Feynman? I’m thinking of downloading the Kindle edition. THANKS!

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Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:29am by FATeam Comment #8

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Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 7:04am by traveler Comment #9

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Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 5:50pm by FATeam Comment #10