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

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ISBN10: 0393316041
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The outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts in his inimitable voice 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.

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"Anyone who can read it without laughing out loud is crazy." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Raymond Todd gives an extraordinary performance bringing to evanescent life the amusing adventures of this Nobel prize-winning physicist....Refreshingly honest, iconoclastic, thought-provoking, this one-of-a-kind classic is a must for every collection." Peter Josyph, Library Journal

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"Proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time." New York Times Book Review

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"Quintessential Feynman — funny, brilliant, bawdy...enormously entertaining." The New Yorker

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"Buzzing with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist." Science Digest

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"A storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain. He proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time." New York Times Book Review

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Richard Feynman was a great scientist, a winner of the Nobel Prize, remembered equally for his laboratory work on liquid helium and his wonderful, unquenchable vitality and sense of humor. His lighthearted approach to life made his lectures a delight and his scientific accomplishments all the more intriguing. Feynman was interested in everything. He painted, traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, calculated odds with Nick the Greek, accompanied ballet on the bongos. Here is Feynman's astonishing life story — a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, eternal skepticism, and raging chutzpah.

Synopsis:

A bestseller--the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.

Synopsis:

Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric--a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

Synopsis:

In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize­-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts in his inimitable voice 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.

About the Author

Richard P. Feynman was born in 1918 and grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. At the age of seventeen he entered MIT and in 1939 went to Princeton, then to Los Alamos, where he joined in the effort to build the atomic bomb. Following World War II he joined the physics faculty at Cornell, then went on to Caltech in 1951, where he taught until his death in 1988. He shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965, and served with distinction on the Shuttle Commission in 1986. A commemorative stamp in his name was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.

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

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Amy BookGirl, February 7, 2013 (view all comments by Amy BookGirl)
A fascinating foray into the fun yet formidable physics of Mr. Feynman. Actually, this book is less about physics and more about the life of Nobel Prize Laureate, Richard Feynman. (Richard just rolled over in his grave; if you want to know why -- read this book!) Once I adjusted my expectations from education to entertainment, I absorbed every word. He was always interesting, at times very entertaining and despite his obvious genius he had an utter lack of pretentiousness and conceit that I previously assumed afflicted all venerated scientists. I left this book wishing for more, and feeling inspired to pursue my own adventures in curiosity. What could I achieve if, like Richard, I abandoned my Western culture imperative of accomplishment through suffering and played with my talents in ways I felt was fun?
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Pat K, September 28, 2011 (view all comments by Pat K)
Feynman's a spectacular character, both brilliant and goofy. This memoir, essentially an extended riff on his multifaceted curiosity, is delightful in the extreme - eschewing technical jargon in favor of fantastic anecdotes and imparting a deep passion for uncompromising, rigorous thought. Even (especially!) if you're not particularly invested in science, Feynman's innately roving fascination with art, drumming, the art of picking locks, and the failures of contemporary education is deeply engaging and rewarding.
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wurdnurd, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
Richard Feynman is exactly the kind of a-hole I always manage to fall in love with: intense, impossibly intelligent, and arrogant as all get-out. And reading this book, it’s easy to see why; Feynman is a personable, hilarious writer, willing and able to laugh and everything and everyone without reservation (himself included). A rare glimpse at genius from the inside out, and the accidental adventures it always seems to illicit, this book is like listening to the eccentric dude at the end of the bar who loves to tell and retell every detail of his billion and one adventures.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393316049
Author:
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Leighton, Ralph:
As Told to
Editor:
Hutchings, Edward
Author:
Leighton, Ralph
Author:
Feynman, Richard P.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Feynman, richard phillips, 1918-1988
Subject:
Science -- Humor.
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Physicists -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
no. 708
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white photographs throughout
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.60x5.19x.88 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393316049 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Anyone who can read it without laughing out loud is crazy."
"Review" by , "Raymond Todd gives an extraordinary performance bringing to evanescent life the amusing adventures of this Nobel prize-winning physicist....Refreshingly honest, iconoclastic, thought-provoking, this one-of-a-kind classic is a must for every collection."
"Review" by , "Proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time."
"Review" by , "Quintessential Feynman — funny, brilliant, bawdy...enormously entertaining."
"Review" by , "Buzzing with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist."
"Review" by , "A storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain. He proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time."
"Synopsis" by , Richard Feynman was a great scientist, a winner of the Nobel Prize, remembered equally for his laboratory work on liquid helium and his wonderful, unquenchable vitality and sense of humor. His lighthearted approach to life made his lectures a delight and his scientific accomplishments all the more intriguing. Feynman was interested in everything. He painted, traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, calculated odds with Nick the Greek, accompanied ballet on the bongos. Here is Feynman's astonishing life story — a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, eternal skepticism, and raging chutzpah.
"Synopsis" by , A bestseller--the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.
"Synopsis" by , Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric--a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.
"Synopsis" by , In this phenomenal national bestseller, the Nobel Prize­-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman recounts in his inimitable voice 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.
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