Book and Film of the Month for March
The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for March:
BOOK: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
Published in 1985, Richard Feynman draws the reader in with stories from his life. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 and lived a dynamic life. The book covers all different aspects of his life, such as the culmination of his graduate studies where he lectured to Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli. Feynman delves into his experiences helping with the Manhattan Project and he also discusses his musical endeavors. Feynman is full of stories that will captivate and entertain the reader. Best of all, this book gives insight into the human side of an incredibly accomplished academic.
Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:
FILM: 2001: A Space Odyssey
A classic 1968 sci-fi film directed by Stanley Kubrick, this epic deals with space exploration. It is considered a masterpiece, and in 1969 Kubrick won an Academy Award for best visual effects. Aside from the award winning visual effects, sound, and cinematography, the film also boasts a compelling story. There is trouble on a space expedition to Jupiter between the two astronauts and their artificially intelligent computer HAL 9000. As they journey to Jupiter, the reliability and veracity of artificial intelligence is called into question. This film focuses on the relationships between humans, machines, and space. Masterfully written, this movie has many equally valid interpretations, and many of them will leave the viewer with questions.
The DVD is available on reserve in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:
Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.