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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character (1985)

by Richard Feynman

Other authors: Edward Hutchings (Editor), Ralph Leighton (Author)

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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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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. The difference is that this "friend" is a Nobel prize winner in physics, who worked on the Manhattan Project. Yet, if he didn't occasionally tell stories that mentioned that fact, you may never have guessed. This guy is pretty much a "regular guy". Having said all that, much of what he says is not really that memorable. On the other hand, especially toward the last half of the book and especially as it relates to education, he has some very interesting things to say, which make the whole book worth the price of admission. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
Self-involved, cruel and boring. Struggling to understand why this was such a well received book. ( )
  triphopera | Apr 14, 2018 |
I read about 30 pages and already think Feynman is kinda dick haha :D Part of it might be because of the way he writes. Yep. This notion is definitely strengthened in the upcoming stories he tells.
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Yeah, some of his “fun” stories really made me feel bad for the people around him. And he has a very strong dislike for any science, that isn’t in a STEM-related field. But what I honestly disliked, was how confusing the book is structured at times. You barely get any sense when each specific story happens, unless he mentions to which of his 3 wives he is currently married to. And those 3 barely get mentioned in his “fun” stories involving rampantly cheating on them lol.
Also how often can one person write “nifty”? It was cute at first, but once you notice it, you can’t unnotice it. Nice example here:
“They showed me a photo album with pictures of Gloria, when her husband first met her in Iowa, a cornfed, rather fattish-looking woman; then other pictures of her as she reduced, and now she looked really nifty!”

But all in all it’s rather enjoyable to read, despite Feynman being very much a man of his time. He clearly understands science, physics and met many great people throughout his life. ( )
  newcastlee | Dec 30, 2017 |
fantabulous book
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  loonyloon | Oct 26, 2017 |
Inspiring book about Renaissance man Feynman.

He's always learning, from physics to pickpocketing and picking up girls. Always trying to have fun and trying to think outside of the box.

Contributed to the Manhattan project.

Worth a re-read. ( )
  shakazul | Jul 3, 2017 |
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Hutchings, EdwardEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leighton, RalphAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balibar, FrançoiseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bou, LuisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cox, BrianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hibbs, Albert R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klíma, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Richard P. Feynman, premio Nobel per la fisica nel 1965, è stato uno dei maggiori fisici teorici del XX secolo. La sua vita, lungi dal rimanere confinata entro i limiti dell’impegno strettamente scientifico, ci si presenta in questo libro come un’esplosiva miscela di eventi incredibili resi possibili da quell’impasto del tutto unico di acuta intelligenza, curiosità irrefrenabile, costante scetticismo e radicato umorismo che è stato l’uomo Feynman. È davvero straordinario poter ritrovare nella stessa persona un tal numero di esperienze diverse e talora contraddittorie. 
Egli ha, di volta in volta, scassinato le più sicure casseforti di Los Alamos, dove si custodivano i segreti della bomba atomica, suonato la frigideira in una scuola di samba brasiliana, illustrato la fisica a “menti mostruose” come Einstein, von Neumann e Pauli, e lavorato come suonatore di bongo con una coreografa di successo, per tacere poi della sua attività di pittore, o di biologo, o di frequentatore di case da gioco. Per dare un’idea dell’unicità del personaggio, basta pensare che il futuro premio Nobel venne scartato dall’esercito americano perché “psichicamente deficiente”. Per anni le conversazione di Richard “Dick” Feynman con l’amico musicista Ralph Leighton sono state registrate e poi trascritte senza alterarne il tono confidenziale: un tributo a un grandissimo scienziato ma prima di tutto a un uomo per il quale la vita è davvero stata un instancabile susseguirsi di ricerca e scoperta.
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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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