Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


By Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Myrick

First Second


Kindle, Fixed Layout


First Second

First Second


ISBN: 9781466832442

272 Pages

Richard Feynman: physicist . . . Nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker.

In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man's life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman's exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death.

Anyone who ever wanted to know more about Richard P. Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, the fine art of the bongo drums, the outrageously obscure nation of Tuva, or the development and popularization of the field of physics in the United States need look no further than this rich and joyful work.

One of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books 4 Teens titles of 2011
One of Horn Book's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners, Texas Maverick Graphic Novels List, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, YALSA-College Bound /Lifelong Learners, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens




Richard Feynman: Nobel Winner; Best-Selling Author; Quantum Physicist; Safe-cracker.


Praise for Feynman

“These images capture with remarkable sensitivity the essence of Feynman's character. The comic-book picture somehow comes to life and speaks with the voice of the real Feynman.” —Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books

“Spectacular.” —The Horn Book, starred review

“...a penetrating and insightful biography” —Washington Independent Review of Books

“Challenging and thought-provoking” —VOYA review

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

By Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Myrick

JIM OTTAVIANI is the world's preeminent writer of comics and graphic novels about science. Notable works include a biography of Niels Bohr and the fast-paced tale of the desperate lives of early paleontologists. His latest book is T-Minus: The Race to the Moon, from Aladdin books. He has worked as a nuclear engineer and is currently employed as a reference librarian in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
LELAND MYRICK is the author and illustrator of First Second's Missouri Boy. He lives in Pasadena, California.

Jim Ottaviani

Portrait by Leland Myrick

Leland Myrick

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