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


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
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:391 pages

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

  • Emily
    Jun 30, 2007

    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 invol...

  • Otis Chandler
    Dec 17, 2006

    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 sto...

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Feb 19, 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 ...

  • William
    Jun 29, 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 c...

  • Darwin8u
    Apr 17, 2015

    “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.” ― Richar...

  • Penny
    Sep 11, 2007

    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 -- pran...

  • Manny
    Nov 22, 2008

    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 th...

  • Roy Lotz
    Jan 05, 2014

    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 usuall...

  • Tess J
    Jul 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 ...

  • Peter Frazier
    May 08, 2007

    This amusing little book of anecdotes had an alarmingly influential role in my life. It convinced me of the odd notion that it would be a good idea to go to Caltech and major in physics. In retrospect...