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"Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" : adventures of a curious character (1985)

by Richard Feynman

Other authors: Edward Hutchings, Ralph Leighton

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    What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard P. Feynman (qball56k)
    qball56k: If you liked Surely You're Joking, you'll probably like the sequel as well. It's in many ways a more personal look at one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century.
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    Absolute Zero Gravity: Science Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes by Betsy Devine (Musecologist)
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    Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain (noise)
    noise: Both Tony Bourdain and Richard Feynman have (had) an incredible knack for writing highly informative and page turning memoirs. If you've read one but not the other, you're in for a treat.
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Quite enjoyable anecdotes but Hey man is annoying. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
Fascinating non-fiction book that details Feynman's involvement in creating the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, New Mexico. Explains a lot of physics theory in a clear, easy-to-understand way, AND he has a great sense of humor too (!). ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
It was more entertaining than I thought it would be for a book about a physicist. I was surprised when I realized that I think I only know who Feynman is because I watch The Big Bang Theory on television (though I did take physics in high school and college so I am not a total science loss). ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
Feynman is funny. This his memoir. Some complain there is too much of the strain of how great I art to it, but why would you read his memoir and expect otherwise. No, there isn't much humility to be found in here, but why should he be false to satisfy those who want the great minds served up with a side of sniveling servility. There is also a taint of misogyny, more of an irritant to me. However, it was a different time. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Feynman is funny. This his memoir. Some complain there is too much of the strain of how great I art to it, but why would you read his memoir and expect otherwise. No, there isn't much humility to be found in here, but why should he be false to satisfy those who want the great minds served up with a side of sniveling servility. There is also a taint of misogyny, more of an irritant to me. However, it was a different time. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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Feynman, Richardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hutchings, Edwardsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leighton, Ralphsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balibar, FrançoiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bou, LuisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hibbs, Albert R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klíma, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393316041, Paperback)

A series of anecdotes shouldn't by rights add up to an autobiography, but that's just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in his engagingly eccentric book, a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled "Judging Books by Their Covers"), intolerant of stupidity even when it comes packaged as high intellectualism (check out "Is Electricity Fire?"), unafraid to offend (see "You Just Ask Them?"), Feynman informs by entertaining. It's possible to enjoy Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the smart-alecky author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realize that underneath all the merriment simmers a running commentary on what constitutes authentic knowledge: learning by understanding, not by rote; refusal to give up on seemingly insoluble problems; and total disrespect for fancy ideas that have no grounding in the real world. Feynman himself had all these qualities in spades, and they come through with vigor and verve in his no-bull prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. --Wendy Smith

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In this phenomenal bestseller, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts his adventures trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek, painting a naked female toreador, accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums--and much else of an eyebrow-raising and hilarious nature. Photos.… (more)

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