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

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Vintage, 1992 - Physicists - 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 scepticism. 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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Interesting memoir from Richard Feynman. Clearly a brilliant man but one I think I'd rather read about than have a personal relationship with. Most of the stories were interesting and I certainly ... Read full review

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I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. Feynman comes across as not very nice, and obsessed with 'girls'. There are Forrest Gump-like interesting interactions with the worldly famous ... Read full review

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Richard Feynman was, until his death in 1988, the most famous physicist in the world. Only an infinitesimal part of the general population could understand his mathematical physics, but his outgoing and sunny personality, his gift for exposition, his habit of playing the bongo drums, and his testimony to the Presidential Commission on the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster turned him into a celebrity.Richard Feynman died in 1988 after a long illness. Freeman Dyson, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, called him 'the most original mind of his generation', while in its obituary The New York Timesdescribed him as 'arguably the most brilliant, iconoclastic and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists'.

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