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

Surely You re Joking Mr Feynman Adventures of a Curious Character 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

  • Title: "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character
  • Author: Richard Feynman Ralph Leighton
  • ISBN: 9780393355628
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 mucRichard 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.

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      Richard Phillips Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics he proposed the parton model For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, together with Julian Schwinger and Sin Itiro Tomonaga Feynman developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams During his lifetime and after his death, Feynman became one of the most publicly known scientists in the world.He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb and was a member of the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology creation of devices at the molecular scale He held the Richard Chace Tolman professorship in theoretical physics at Caltech See

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    • 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 goal and then being applauded for it sometimes only by himself For example, he discovers that he s a great artist, musician, safecracker, and critic Everything revolves around him showing off and being somewh [...]

    • 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 think a world famous Physicist would just be passionate for Physics but Feynman was curious about everything he saw He dabbled in art and was successful enough to have a show, he joined a Brazilian Bongo group an [...]

    • 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 that took place early in Feynman s career where he was invited for an afternoon tea with the dean of his university The dean s wife is serving and asks him the above question Richard never drinks tea and never moves i [...]

    • 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 helped me to understand, that many parents could help their children to a fulfilling life Parents could pique the interest of the child very early and could give him real answers if he asks why again and agai [...]

    • 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 Physics, and Gleck s Genius The Life and Science of Richard Feynman for awhile This one seemed the most fun and easiest place to start I was driving from Taos Santa Fe back to Phoenix last week and as I drove past L [...]

    • 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, when that happens in real life, you always want to join in here s my personal best effort at a Feynman type anecdote I hope it s now far enough in the past that the people concerned will see the funny side, i [...]

    • 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 discoveries he made, his three marriages, how he was rejected by the draft board for being mentally suspect they asked him if he ever heard voices and he said yes he did and then went on to describe what he found inter [...]

    • 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 couldn t and can t shut up about this book it was simply great This greatness sort of snuck up on me I d recently read a collection of anecdotes by a scientist A Primate s Memoir and found it rather disappointing P [...]

    • 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 not, but what was supposed to endear me to Mr Feynman made him revolting to me According to this book, he treated other people like dirt and thought it was hilarious, he correlated pure intelligence with w [...]

    • 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 professor at Cal Tech The central theme was always that this is one smart cookie It was interesting to pick up on his thought processes It probably didn t feature as much pure science as most of his other [...]

    • 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, this would have been a better idea had I been born around 1930 and was starting my scientific career around 1940, but nowadays it s a tough slog in physics, both money wise and also discovery wise I think that people like Bohr and Planck and Einstein and Feynman discovered all the good stuff in phys [...]

    • Che la forza sia con teRichard Feynman un fisico, premio Nobel nel 1965 Un uomo indubbiamente intelligente, curioso, entusiasta del mondo della tecnica e della scienza.In questo libro racconta tramite aneddoti la sua vita, fatta di studi importanti uno per tutti la partecipazione allo sviluppo della bomba atomica a Los Alamos ma anche di episodi curiosi o apparentemente insignificanti.Purtroppo non sufficiente essere intelligenti per scrivere bene Non basta essere curiosi per incuriosire Creders [...]

    • Laugh out loud funny My dad read this outloud to us when we were kids I m guessing at the exact year and the whole family literally cried with laughter many times during the performance Feyman s other memoirs are good too, but this is the funniest I still think of it often For instance, every time I use a combination lock, I think of his safe cracking phase, and how it s every child s dream to learn how to crack safes and get at all that secret and valuable stuff Which really sums up this book M [...]

    • One of the problems with reading a book written by a genius is that you have to ask yourself whether any perceived deficiencies in the text are due to the author, or due to your own failure to comprehend his brilliance That said, I wasn t thrilled by this book On a purely technical level, it would have benefited from a stronger editor While there s a rough chronological order to the material, there tends to be a lot of jumping around both within and between the chapters A few times, Feynman woul [...]

    • The Nobel prize winning physicist, acclaimed drummer, artist, expert on Mayan astronomy, safecracker, prankster, etc, etc, tells crazy adventures of his life They re really not crazy adventures, these anecdotes my own father s are easily just as rich and bizarre Feynman came off to me as a somewhat unpleasant character he was full to the brim of himself his false modesty I m too dim to realize when to keep my mouth shut, I just say what I think was cloying and annoying, as were his amazement at [...]

    • This was disappointing, because I ve been wanting to read this for a while because he is so renown for being quite the hilarious character as well as a Nobel prize winning physicist This is a collection of essays that serves as a memoir many are not directly related to physics, but that s definitely the theme After reading this, my conclusion is that Feynman was mostly a world class knob He lost me fairly early into it, when he described how you could see physics in action in the everyday world [...]

    • If not for copyright laws, this book could easily have been entitled, Oh, The Places You ll Go This is a captivating story of an amazing life that could not have been better had it been scripted at birth.Mr Feynman has done it all I loved the feeling of tagging along on this brilliant, Nobel prize winning physicist s life A little eccentric yes, but the narrative flows in a very conversational manner which is a style I like very much From his early life, to his work on the atomic bomb, to his ab [...]

    • This book s been recommended to me by my boyfriend and after giving it a 5 page trial, I got sucked right into it I partially read it, partially listened to the audiobook which was, imho, done really well and was so pleasant to listen to while doing puzzle or gaming or whatnot.I loved the very beginning, his childhood, where he was so curious and so sweet about his early discoveries The rest of his science related work as well as hobbies drumming, painting, lock picking, math duels, pranks, scho [...]

    • Brilliant, inspirational and very funny There can be no argument that Richard P Feynman was a genius He has been a hero of mine since I was very young, probably because my father also greatly admires him and spoke to me about Feynman and his unique personality from time to time.There are some great stories in this book and they will make you laugh out loud Feynman was always so full of life and he was curious about absolutely everything from a very early age He would always want to know, How doe [...]

    • Before I read this engaging memoir, I knew his as Richard Phillips Feynman, one of the greatest physicists that ever lived Henceforth, this name will evoke images of a prankster, a musician, a safe cracker, a biologist, a Brazilian band member, an artist who visited several brothels to sell his painting and a man who refused to grow old These anecdotes from his life are sure to tickle your funny bone.

    • Physics is like sex Today we will talk about a scientist who was an extraordinary man, known as a teacher, lover, master safe cracker who stole papers of Manhattan Project , fan of Las Vegas s strip clubs, exceptional liar, musician, artist and probably the most brilliant, influential, and iconoclastic figure in his field in the post World War II era.How does one define a role model A prodigy, hard worker, achiever, winner in the field one is interested in, right Well in that case the Nobel Priz [...]

    • Richard Feynman u ovoj knjizi ne pi e o kvantnoj elektrodinamici, polju u kojemu je dao najve i doprinos fizici Ovo su, kako i sam podnaslov ka e Adventures of a Curious Character, avanture znati eljnog neobi nog lika Feynman ovdje pi e o nekim njemu najzanimljivijim doga ajima iz ivota koji su zabavni za ispri ati O tome kako se, ve kao mali, po eo interesirati kako stvari funkcioniraju Po eo je s rastavljanjem jednog radio prijemnika, a uskoro postao majstor za njih za cijelo susjedstvo Feynma [...]

    • I love this book so much I really want to give it 6 5 I read and re read it often, and Feynman is one of my personal top heroes.

    • What a fascinating personality To follow your dreams, make them happen, make a living out of them, ultimately all this work to be of help for others and above all to enjoy life as you wish to this is what I call to live your life to the fullest Mr Feynman stories are simply wonderful They are not just funny they present a man which desire to learn was his motto in life he owes this desire to his father, a very remarkable man According to him, anything can be learned as long as you wish for so ve [...]

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    • Richard Feynman understood physics.His reader, the cerebral and equally pulchritudinous, david, knows not a thing about physics Okay, that is not true Things fall when you drop them, I have observed, time and again Therefore, I have an aptitude for science.I can relate.This guy won a Nobel Prize, hung with Einstein and Oppenheimer, and discovered and documented events that I do not feel like sharing, mostly because I cannot.I, unlike Feynman, garnered a trophy in wrestling An unusual one I was o [...]

    • This is one of those books which bring a turning point in your life, and make you reevaluate it, much like Randy Pausch s The Last Lecture and Steve Jobs bio for me Made me take interest in physics around us again Feynman was surely a man of multiple lives, how could anybody live so much Physicist, safe cracker, artist, frigideira an instrument used in Samba music player, nobel prize laureate, drummer, and His mischievous nature and varied interests exploration of hypnotism and sense deprivatio [...]

    • If you think all physicists are boring and studious as hell, well then it s time you checked this book out Richard Feynman was a genius with a super inquiring mind that is a hallmark of all great men, but what makes him so unique is that his life didn t just have one dimension He was curious about so many fields and activities and the way he describes them in this book are so fantastic that you end up wanting to try those things out

    • A while back, I read another book by Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, and I wasn t all that thrilled with it It was kind of disappointing at the time I knew that Feynman s fame came not only from his scientific brilliance, but from the fact that he was a genuinely interesting, funny and mischievous person I had hoped that I could find some of that in the book, but to no avail And so I gave it away so that someone else could get the pleasure from it that I could not.Still, I was not c [...]

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