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As a stamp-collecting boy always fascinated by remote places, Nobel Prize?winning physicist Richard Feynman was particularly taken by the diamond-shaped stamps from a place called Tannu Tuva deep within Outer Mongolia. He hoped, someday, to travel there. 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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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 Challengerdisaster, 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.

Synopsis:

A hilarious and moving tale of renowned Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's last adventure--a journey of the mind and spirit to the lost country of Tannu Tuva, a mysterious land recalled from his childhood stamp collecting. Photos.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393320695
Author:
Leighton, Ralph
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Tuva
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Physicists -- United States.
Subject:
Feynman, Richard Phillips - Travel -
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Series Volume:
106-79
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrated
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.52x5.24x.62 in. .48 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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 Challengerdisaster, 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.
"Synopsis" by , A hilarious and moving tale of renowned Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's last adventure--a journey of the mind and spirit to the lost country of Tannu Tuva, a mysterious land recalled from his childhood stamp collecting. Photos.
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