Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures Of A Curious Character by Richard P FeynmanSurely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures Of A Curious Character by Richard P Feynman

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures Of A Curious Character

byRichard P FeynmanEditorRalph Leighton

Paperback | April 1, 1997

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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.
Ralph Leighton lives in northern California.
Title:Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures Of A Curious CharacterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.3 × 5.6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:WW Norton

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ISBN - 10:0393316041

ISBN - 13:9780393316049


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Solid Laugh Not only did I find this book laugh out loud funny, it gave me a new perspective on learning.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it A good change from what I normally read
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Good read but a bit challenging if, like me, you don't have a strong math/science background
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quintessential Feynman Anyone, regardless of scientific interest, should pick this up and read it. Not that they'd stop reading the moment they stop.
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! Richard Feynman lived an incredible life, and this collection of stories is a great peek into it. From the Manhatten project to samba dancing, I loved every bit of this book and have recommended it to many people. Some of his thoughts have changed the way I look at the world.
Date published: 2014-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun book This is a book written by one of the great physical intuitionists. Don't be afraid though: it's about the fun that this man has in trying many of the different things that life has to offer. This ranges from women to the Manhattan project. The book is funny and interesting and it's just plain cool to look at the workings of one of the greatest minds. If I were to make one negative statement about this book it would be that it is a little self-serving, written by a man whose ego was as powerful as his intellect.
Date published: 1999-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman Who says physicists don't have a sense of humour? Richard Feynman certainly has one. In this bestselling book, he relates stories of downright hilarity. Though he does make occasional references to the field of physics, this book would be equally at home in the adventure section.
Date published: 1999-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adrian Bashford You do not need to be a physics buff to enjoy Feynman's unique ability to tell a story and to enjoy life. Also a great instructional reference on how to pick a lock or crack a safe!
Date published: 1999-03-23

From Our Editors

As warm and human as he was brilliant, Nobel laureate Richard Feynman left his mark - both on the world of physics, and on those who knew him - before his death in 1988. But although he may be best remembered for his rare genius as a researcher, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is the story of the thoughtful, compassionate and highly eccentric man behind the scholarship. From his conversations with Albert Einstein to his nude portrait painting, Feynman comes alive in this wonderful, endearing memoir. 

Editorial Reviews

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