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

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

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 muc Richard Feynman (1918-1988), winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in ...

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Title:Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
Author:Richard Feynman
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Genres:Science
ISBN:Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:391 pages pages

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

  • Otis Chandler
    Dec 17, 2006
    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....
  • Peter Frazier
    May 08, 2007
    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 s...
  • Grumpus
    Apr 02, 2014
    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...
  • Emily
    Jun 30, 2007
    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 ...
  • Steve
    Nov 30, 2011
    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 a...
  • Inder
    Apr 15, 2008
    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. ...
  • Penny
    Sep 11, 2007
    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...
  • Chris
    May 28, 2010
    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 interes...
  • Nick
    Nov 27, 2011
    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 l...
  • Manny
    Nov 22, 2008
    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 himsel...
  • Elizabeth K.
    Oct 24, 2009
    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 t...
  • Lance Greenfield
    Oct 08, 2009
    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. ...
  • Ensiform
    Dec 16, 2011
    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. Feynma...
  • Pooja Dhami
    Jan 09, 2017
    Before I read this engaging memoir, I knew him 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...
  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Feb 19, 2015
    ?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...
  • Kartik Singhal
    Oct 07, 2011
    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 li...
  • Tess J
    Jul 04, 2012
    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...
  • Irena
    Sep 13, 2012
    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). ...
  • Andrej Karpathy
    Oct 08, 2012
    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. ...
  • Maria
    Dec 21, 2016
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  • Roy Lotz
    Jan 05, 2014
    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 ...
  • Roberto
    Oct 02, 2017
    Che la forza sia con te Richard 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 parte...
  • Negativni
    Oct 16, 2013
    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?...
  • Claudia
    Feb 19, 2014
    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 wo...
  • Darwin8u
    Apr 17, 2015
    ?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, T...
  • Sabbir Ahmed
    Sep 02, 2014
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  • Titas (I read in bed)
    Aug 04, 2014
    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, influen...
  • da AL
    Apr 25, 2018
    Hadn't thought a Nobel pprize-winning physicist could be so fun loving & down-to-earth. He was a man ahead of his time when it came to many things -- & of his time when it came to his ideas about 'pretty girls' (as he calls women). The audiobook reader did a great job, but what...
  • Yasaman
    May 28, 2016
    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 w...
  • William
    Jun 29, 2016
    "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 ...