Monday, February 27, 2017

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman, PhD.

Dr. Richard P. Feynman was a Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist, a raconteur, a drummer, a prankster, and an all around interesting character. He is very possibly one the most intelligent men who ever lived because of his ability to look at a problem and analyze it from all sides at once. His physics lectures are famous and still in use in college classrooms. And he is the epitome of the eccentric professor stereotype. This book is a collection of stories about his life from his childhood repairing radios for friends and neighbors through his work on the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos to his career as a professor at CalTech and winning the Nobel Prize. The stories run from the humorous and not so serious to more weighty topics like how he pushed his grief after the death of his wife from tuberculosis aside for the first atomic bomb test. The book is a fascinating look at an amazing man and his life, in his own words.

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