"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

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

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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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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 25mm | 314g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Black-and-white photographs throughout
  • 0393316041
  • 9780393316049
  • 13,306

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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 "Quintessential Feynman-funny, brilliant, bawdy . . . enormously entertaining." -- The New Yorker "Buzzes with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist." -- Science Digest
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About Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was a professor at Cornell University and CalTech and received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965. In 1986 he served with distinction on the Rogers Commission investigating the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Ralph Leighton lives in northern California.
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