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

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Basic Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 486 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  - Lorena - Goodreads

Feynman has become a cult figure for some, though I saw no evidence to support why this might have happened. The book was so thick, and he seemed so ordinary, I couldn't wrap my mind around the attraction. Read full review

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

User Review  - Shreyas Saxena - Goodreads

It is a nice book, with collection of letter Feynman wrote and received. It does a very good job of depicting what kind of person he was. I found the book, well drafted and enjoyable as well! :) Read full review

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19391942
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19431945
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19461959
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The National Academy of Sciences
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19601965
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The Nobel Prize
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19661969
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19701975
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INTERVIEW FOR VIEWPOINT
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GRAVITY THE DISRESPECTFUL
431
THE FUTURE OF PHYSICS
435
EXTRA CALIFORNIA TECH EXTRA
441
NEW TEXTBOOKS FOR THE NEW MATHEMATICS
445
TWO MEN IN SEARCH OF THE QUARK
457
Acknowledgments
469
Photo Credits
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19761981
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19821984
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19851987
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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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