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Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman

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Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman: Adventures Of A Curious Character is a compilation of the conversations that author and Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist, Richard P. Feynman, had with his friend, Ralph Leighton.

Summary Of The Book

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman: Adventures Of A Curious Character is an almost autobiographical take on the life of the eccentric author, Richard P. Feynman. The book itself is a simple transcription of the many conversations that the author had with Ralph Leighton. The fact that the text hasn’t been fully edited points to the honesty of the book and the bare, candid account of the various hilarious events that took place in the life of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

Many incidents in Richard P. Feynman’s life are light-hearted and talk about his fascination with cracking safes, learning new languages, incidents like the time he painted a naked toreador and even playing on the drums to accompany a ballet.

There are other, more serious anecdotes, however, that detail incidents such as the author’s work on The Manhattan Project, during which time his wife died of Tuberculosis. Another chapter details the time he presented the Wheeler-Feynman absorber theory to renowned physicists Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli.

The title of the book is directly derived from a time the author visited Princeton University. A woman at the university asked the author whether he would like to have cream or lemon in his tea, to which he naively responded that he’d like both, earning the titular response from the woman.

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman: Adventures Of A Curious Character delves deep into the personality of one of the world’s foremost scientist. In a few instances, Richard P. Feynman describes oddities such as his lucid dreams that had him speaking to his foreign colleagues and perfectly imitating their accents. This was something that the author was unable to do whilst he was awake. The book was first published in 1985 and sold 500,000 copies.

About Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman was a world renowned theoretical physicist and a Nobel Prize-winner who played a pivotal role in the foundations of quantum mechanics and nanotechnology.

His other books include The Feynman Lectures on Physics and What Do You Care What Other People Think?

Richard P. Feynman was best known for his work on the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the quantum electrodynamics theory and the parton model of particle physics, which he proposed. He died at the age of 69 in the February of 1988 of two rare forms of cancer and his last words were reportedly that he wouldn’t want to die twice as he found it boring.

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Authored By Richard P. Feynman
Book Details
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage
Publication Year 1992 November
ISBN-13 9780099173311
ISBN-10 009917331X
Language English
Edition New ed
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 352 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5 inch
Height 8 inch
Depth 1 inch
Weight 246 g
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18 September 11
To Mr. Abhi

Well Mr. Abhi, first of all you need to know that this book is not supposed be a popular science book. It is simply the stories of Feynman's life. And second of all, from your writing it is quite clear that you don't know or haven't read anything else about Feynman (if you have then its even worse). So keep those dumb opinions to yourself.

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Surely You'e Joking Mr. Feynmann

This book lets us take a peek at the remarkable,interesting and sometimes downright funny episodes in the life of the Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. Told in his own words, on
topics as varied as the nuclear bomb to tips on picking up girls,
the book keeps you enthralled to the end.

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17 June 10
He's Not Joking...most of the time,anyway!

This book will bust your myths about physicists being people with their head perpetually up in the clouds. They are human beings with frailties and emotions just like everyone else. He's a genius alright; but unlike Einstein, Feynman doesn't have the aura of the wise-old-man about him -- which is probably a shame...I wouldn't say he's a philosopher (since he thinks they're "tourists"), but he certainly appears to have turned wiser in his old age. But hey, this book is about his adventures as a young man. Highly recommended; guaranteed to give you many hours of pleasurable reading.

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29 May 11
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Ready to join the fun ride with Mr.Feynman!??

To be precise to the point.. It will be a much more great and exciting read for people who have some curiosity about scientists and their way of life.. There is very little actual science spoken about.. And the book is full of amusing and diverse experiences that Mr. Feynman has encountered in his scientific career and in his life..

Verdict : Thoroughly Enjoyable

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12 July 11
The life of a nobel prize winning physicist can be fun too

Even for a non science person like me who knows barely anything about physics, this book has been fascinating to say the least. Feynman was a remarkable character for his day and the passion and fun he brought to his work has no parallels. Reminds me of Aamir Khan in 3 idiots...

All in all a highly enjoyable book, goes to show that genius scientists are human too and not infallible or boring as they are made out to be

Frank, honest, funny, no emotional/dramatic stuff and yet appealing so much to the reader for his humility and playing down the genius in him, read this book to know more about scientists

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