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Richard Feynman Signed & Personally Owned Book, "The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich," Ex-Sotheby's, Ex-Richard P. Feynman Family

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Richard Feynman Signed & Personally Owned Book, "The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich," Ex-Sotheby's, Ex-Richard P. Feynman Family

Description: Richard Feynman Signed & Personally Owned Book, "The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich," Ex-Sotheby's, Ex-Richard P. Feynman Family

A book personally owned by future Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988), and signed by him as "R.P. Feynman" on the front loose endpaper, ca. 1960. The hardcover copy of William L. Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany" (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960) is the ninth printing. A label from Vroman's Bookstore (Pasadena, California) is affixed to the front paste down (Feynman was a professor of physics at Caltech between 1950-1988.) Publisher's cloth with marginal rubbing to the spine ends. Scattered wrinkles, isolated stains, and overall light toning to the inner pages, else clean, bright, and near fine. The book measures 9.5" x 6.375" x 2." 8vo. 1245pp. Ex-Sotheby's, Ex-Richard P. Feynman Family.

Feynman's personal and professional associations to this book exploring the advent and collapse of Nazism are quite interesting. Feynman was ethnically Jewish on both sides; did he read this book to learn more about what had happened to fellow Jews in Europe? Or alternately, did Feynman, who worked on the Manhattan Project, want to read about the enemy he just outsmarted and helped destroy? Feynman worked at both Los Alamos and Oak Ridge during World War II, where he was involved in complex calculations relating to the fission bomb and uranium hydride bomb.

Richard Feynman was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. His many contributions to the field of theoretical physics include research/discoveries in quantum computing, quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, particle physics, nanotechnology, and the fluidity of elements based on temperature.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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