"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman

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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character Read Online Free - Richard Feynman (1918-1988), 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; painting a naked female toreador - and much else of an eyebrow-raising nature.

In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric glory - a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

Title : "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character
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ISBN : 0393355624
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Emily rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 02, 2009

This book of anecdotes is written in a very casual, fun way that makes it easy to read. The problem is that the author, Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Dick Feynman, is annoying. All the anecdotes involve him discovering a hidden talent, using it, delighting others (or himself if that's his real go...

Otis rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2017

This book was a pure delight. The subtitle "Adventures of a Curious Character" is spot-on. Feynman gave an amazingly human and honest view into his philosophy and take on life, thought a series of stories. One thing that struck me most deeply was his passion for learning new things. You would thin...

Brendon rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2015

“Would you like cream or lemon in your tea, Mr. Feynman?” It’s Mrs. Eisenhart, pouring tea. “I’ll have both, thank you,” I say, still looking for where I’m going to sit, when suddenly I hear “Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh. Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman.” The title of this collection comes from a tale t...

William rated it ★★★★★

July 15, 2016

"Nobody ever figures out what life is all about,and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough."(Video Review) The story of Feynman changed fundamentally, what I think about the world around me. The story of Richard and his father...

Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2016

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing.” ― Richard Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! I've been circling this book, The Feynman Lectures on Phys...

Manny rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2014

Everyone has a collection of favorite stories that they enjoy telling; but it's unusual for the stories to be so good that a friend insists on writing them down, so that other people can appreciate them too. When I read this book, I almost feel that Feynman's telling the stories himself. Well, wh...

Penny rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2016

Feynman is a physicist who taught at Cornell and Princeton, worked on the Manhattan Project and won the Nobel Prize. He's also a complete hoot. The book is a series of autobiographical stories -- pranks pulled as a student at MIT and at Los Alamos, teaching himself to paint, scientific discoverie...

Roy rated it ★★★★★

September 01, 2016

I'll never make that mistake again, reading the experts' opinions. Of course, you only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that's the end of you. I can usually tell when I’m going to give a book 5 stars by one sign: I can’t shut up about it. Well, I could...

Tess rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 04, 2012

Listen, I read this a long time ago but here's the thing about it. I'm a big sience fan, and I've always heard how brilliant and funny Richard Feynman was, especially because of his connection to the UofC. But I loathed this book. I suppose it's a memoir, and I don't know if it's ghost written or...

Steve rated it ★★★☆☆

November 30, 2011

There’s presumably a rule where only smart people are awarded Nobel Prizes in Physics. Richard Feynman was no exception. This memoir is filled with anecdotes from his childhood spent fixing radios, his experiences as a young man doing bomb research at Los Alamos up through his days as a renowned...

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