"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character

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W.W. Norton, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, Richard Feynman was one of the world's greatest theoretical physicists, but he was also a man who fell, often jumped, into adventure. An artist, safecracker, practical joker and storyteller, Feynman's life was a series of combustible combinations made possible by his unique mixture of high intelligence, unquenchable curiosity and eternal skepticism. Over a period of years, Feynman's conversations with his friend Ralph Leighton were first taped and then set down as they appear here, little changed from their spoken form, giving a wise, funny, passionate and totally honest self-portrait of one of the greatest men of our age.

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User Review  - larryerick - LibraryThing

This is a rather strange book. Really, it's just a book of someone telling personal stories, just like you might have a friend, or a friend of a friend, tell stories while visiting in your living room ... Read full review

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So many interesting stories to read. Observation of ant matching, deciphering safes in Alamo and Feynman's visiting years in Brazil are just as appealing as how he wins the Nobel. Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Ralph Leighton lives in northern California.

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