Tuva Or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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In 1977, Feynman and his sidekick— fellow drummer and geography enthusiast Ralph Leighton—set out to make arrangements to visit Tuva, doing noble and hilarious battle with Soviet red tape, befriending quite a few Tuvans, and discovering the wonders of Tuvan throat-singing. Their Byzantine attempts to reach Tannu Tuva would span a decade, interrupted by Feynman's appointment to the committee investigating the Challenger disaster, and his tragic struggle with the cancer that finally killed him. Tuva or Bust! chronicles the deepening friendship of two zany, brilliant strategists whose love of the absurd will delight and instruct. It is Richard Feynman's last, best adventure.
 

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User Review  - jennorthcoast - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating, humorous and sometimes bittersweet tale of Nobel-Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman’s search for the mysterious country of Tannu Tuva. Many years ago I read Surely You’re ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Charming and instructing book about an aspect of Dr. Feynman's life, as well as the culture of a little country in the center of Asia. His powerful and inspiring curiosity about the world shines through. Best read while listening to Tuvan throat singing. I recommend Huun-Huur-Tu. Read full review

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Contents

To the Reader
7
There Is No Such Country
13
Fortyfive Snowy I
18
Mysterious Melodies
39
Hail to the Chief
62
We Appear the Center of Asia
74
Three Americans Reach Tuva
90
Meeting in Moscow
104
The Trip Is Arranged
185
Catalina Cowboys
203
The Invitation Arrives
214
Epilogue
221
Reflections 2000
231
Protocol
237
WELCOME
247
FRIENDS OF TUVA
251

Amateur Ambassadors
130
Clowns or Con Men?
148
The Keller Accord
168

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Ralph Leighton, Richard Feynman's great friend and collaborator, now lives in northern California.

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