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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character - Richard P. Feynman
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character
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A series of anecdotes, such as are included in Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman, 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 this engagingly eccentric... show more
A series of anecdotes, such as are included in Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman, 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 this engagingly eccentric book. 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, a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985, simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realise 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 vigour and verve in his no-bull prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. --Wendy Smith
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780553346688 (0553346687)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Pages no: 322
Edition language: English
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Lisa (Harmony)
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2.0 Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman
I can't say I loved this--and I wanted and expected to. People whose judgement I respect adored it, and when I was a teen I devoured science books, and here are the memoirs of a Nobel-prize winning physicist who hobnobbed with Einstein and Planck and worked on the Manhattan Project! And the book is ...
Living Mirrors
Living Mirrors rated it
4.0 Spoiler Warning: He's probably joking.
During my first semester of college I didn't have a car, so I had to wait around campus for my sister to take me home. For this reason, I spent a lot of time in the library and one of the books that I found was the late Richard Feynman's autobiography. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! It was entert...
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Edward
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4.0 Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
PrefaceIntroduction--Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!Index
Edward
Edward rated it
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PrefaceIntroduction--Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!Index
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