“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character (Google eBook)
A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.
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I forget who recommended I read this book and almost didn't read it because I'm not really interested in biography types but after just a couple pages I found myself thinking "I like this guy, he's my kind of asshole crazy". Mr. Feynman is a scientific-type practical joker; smart and funny is a good combination. The short, situational stories gives insight to a true genius of intellect and character. I didn't know much about Feynman before reading this book and the enjoyment lead to Wiki reading and Google searching on the various topical themes as well as a read of the secondary book.
I find it to be a great book; it really show how many scientists are quite quirky in real life. It is a great book, especially some of the comical things that happened in it. I'd recommend it to anyone that I know