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Any Good Biographies?

  1. Oct 26, 2005 #1
    I read in a post a while ago someone recommended reading biographies was a good way to see the path of people that have already completed a PhD. Giving you ideas and expectations of what you might see.

    Of course I have a ways to go before I am in a doctorate program, but would still like to take a look at one nonetheless.

    I've tried searching Amazon and this forum as well, but didn't come up with anything. Also, Barnes and Noble didn't have much either.

    Have any physicists written a biography, or is my search futile? If there are any, is there one that stands out above the rest?

    Thanks for the help.
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  3. Oct 26, 2005 #2

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    Try this....

    http://browse.barnesandnoble.com/browse/nav.asp?visgrp=nonfiction&N=677332&Ne=170159+677332&userid=zA7kBp4CqI [Broken]
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  4. Oct 27, 2005 #3
    That is the extent of what I found. Unless I am looking at incorrectly, I can't really find anything that I am looking for. I though someone with a PhD in Physics has to have written about their life. Biographies seem so popular now a days. Maybe there aren't any geared towards what I am looking for.
  5. Oct 27, 2005 #4
    i think you mean AUTObiography... & i can't think of any that would focus on someone's trip through grad school specifically. richard feynman might have written a book that mentions stuff he did. why don't you just go door-to-door in your department & ask all the instructors about their experiences? some profs won't be interested in talking to you & if they don't just go to the next office. i think most of them would help you out if they think they could though, & if they have a few minutes to spare. i (mistakenly) didn't do stuff like that & now that i've graduated it's too late for me (as an undergrad anyway).
  6. Oct 28, 2005 #5
    'Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!'

    'tis very good.
  7. Nov 3, 2005 #6
  8. Nov 5, 2005 #7
    Genius by James Glieck was a very good read, it talks about the life of Feynman.
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