Guidelines for Book Review
Richard Feynman – What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character
This assignment is your personal review of Richard Feynman’s book. No collaboration is allowed on this paper, and no extra sources (ex. websites discussing the book, or reviews by other authors) are to be used to form the ideas in the review. This paper must be your own original work.
Your paper should review the book by summarizing some of the main points of the book and evaluating the book. The evaluation should reflect on how well the author did at conveying his significant themes. You may pick one main theme as your focus, but please comment on the book as a whole. Your review should comment on Feynman’s style and consider what the aim of his book might be, and whether or not he achieves his aim. Evidence supporting your points will come from examples referred to in the book by page number (ex. (Watson, p. 34)). Try to minimize direct quotations by putting points in your own words, however if you do use direct quotations, use quotation marks followed by that author’s name and page number in brackets.
(Please note that this book is not a novel. The novel is a genre of fiction writing.)
Approximately 1000 words (Marks will be deducted if this is exceeded)
12pt font (preferably Times New Roman), double spaced, no extra spaces between paragraphs
• descriptive title for the review paper
• identification of title, author, publisher, year of publication of the book
• a separate title page – do not number this page
Introduction (~100-150 words)
• a statement about the nature of this paper (what is it?, what will it do/show?)
• a statement about the theme it will discuss and the major points you will cover in your review
Body (~750-800 words)
(not necessarily in the following order, but these elements should be included)
• summary of some main points from the book that relate to the theme you discuss
o use quotes or paraphrases as necessary, and make sure you refer to page numbers (ex. (Watson, p. 23)
• evaluation of the theme and the book as a whole (your opinion)
o what do the main points relating to your theme tell you about the nature of the science that led to the discovery of the DNA structure?
o how does your theme relate to the book as a whole?
o what, in your opinion, is the purpose of this book? Does it do a good job of fulfilling its purpose? How do you know?
o what have you learned about Watson as a scientist? What have you learned about how he perceived DNA research at the time?
o provide evidence from the book to support your points.
Conclusion (~100 words)
• review main points of argument, reiterating theme.
Review worth 10% of final mark
• Introduction/Conclusion: 2/10
• Body: 6/10
• Technical/Organization (including spelling, grammar, etc.): 2/10
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