Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber---Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track--collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters--offers an unprecedented look at the writer and thinker whose scientific mind and lust for life made him a legend in his own time. Containing missives to and from such scientific luminaries as Victor Weisskopf, Stephen Wolfram, James Watson, and Edward Teller, as well as a remarkable selection of letters to and from fans, students, family, and people from around the world eager for Feynman's advice and counsel, Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track not only illuminates the personal relationships that underwrote the key developments in modern science, but also forms the most intimate look at Feynman yet available. Feynman was a man many felt close to but few really knew, and this collection reveals the full wisdom and private passion of a personality that captivated everyone it touched. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track is an eloquent testimony to the virtue of approaching the world with an inquiring eye; it demonstrates the full extent of the Feynman legacy like never before. Edited and with additional commentary by his daughter Michelle, it's a must-read for Feynman fans everywhere, and for anyone seeking to better understand one of the towering figures--and defining personalities--of the twentieth century.
  

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Review: Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: Letters of Richard P. Feynman

User Review  - Ari - Goodreads

As the subtitle indicates, this is an anthology of Feynman's letters. This is one of the relatively few books that I have read based on a published review -- in this case, Freeman Dyson's review ... Read full review

Review: Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: Letters of Richard P. Feynman

User Review  - Martin - Goodreads

Great forward by Ferris. "Feynman's appeal resides ... in that his freedom, integrity, and enthusiasm reflected the spirit of science in action." Personal correspondences were very revealing. I don't ... Read full review

Contents

Letters 19391942
1
GRAVITY THE DISRESPECTFUL
431
EXTRA CALIFORNIA TECH EXTRA
441
TWO MEN IN SEARCH OF THE QUARK
457
Acknowledgments
469
Index
475
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About the author (2008)

Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.

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