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

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


By (author) Richard P. Feynman, Edited by Ralph Leighton

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 24mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 12 May 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393316041
  • ISBN 13: 9780393316049
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: Black-and-white photographs throughout
  • Sales rank: 8,563

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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.

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Author information

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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"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." "Quintessential Feynman-funny, brilliant, bawdy ... enormously entertaining." "Buzzes with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist." "A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light." "Feynman is legendary among his colleagues for his brilliance and his eccentricity... It's hard not to smile all the way through."