Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey

Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey

In 1977, Feynman and his sidekick? fellow drummer and geography enthusiast Ralph Leighton?set out to make arrangements to visit Tuva, doing noble and hilarious battle with Soviet red tape, befriending quite a few Tuvans, and discovering the wonders of Tuvan throat-singing. Their Byzantine attempts to reach Tannu Tuva would span a decade, interrupted by Feynman's appointmen In 1977, Feynman and his sidekick? fellow drummer and geography enthusiast Ralph Leighton?set out to make arrange...

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Title:Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey
Author:Ralph Leighton
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Genres:Biography
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey Reviews

  • Jerzy
    Aug 28, 2015
    I hadn't realized before that the author, Ralph Leighton, is the guy responsible for Feynman's books of autobiographical stories: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character and What Do You Care What Other People Think?. Those weren't penned by Feynman directl...
  • Ann
    Jan 24, 2012
    It all started in thre mid-1970's with an animated dinner-table discussion between friends about obscure geographic locations. When Richard Feynman produced a postage stamp that had been part of his childhood stamp collection from a country called Tuva, the two friends at once becam...
  • Luke
    Jan 18, 2009
    Pretty interesting account of Ralph Leighton, Richard Feynman, and a few others' very determined stab at traveling to the remote territory of Tuva in the USSR. Pretty interesting and inspiring to see the hoops they'll jump through and the clever tactics they employ to gain access to Tu...
  • Kay
    Aug 09, 2007
    Life is Beautiful I'd heard my scientist husband enthuse for years about Richard Feynman, so on a whim I grabbed this book from the shelf before leaving on a multiple-leg plane ride. I was agreeably surprised at how much I enjoyed it, though it wasn't quite the type of book I had expe...
  • Jeff
    Oct 09, 2007
    Not a fan of travel writing in the first place, but a good friend recommended it because of my interest in Tuvan "throat singing" and in physics. I categorize this work as biography/hagiography because Leighton attempts to beatify his friend and colleague Richard Feynman as he delineat...
  • Svelteassassin
    Nov 10, 2010
    During The Cold War, Richard Feynman and his friend Ralph Leighton, a teacher, go on a quest to vist the Tuva region of the then-Soviet Union. Why? Because they had a cool stamp when they were their own country and the capital is called "Kyzyl". A great true story. I promise that i'm g...
  • Belarius
    Jan 26, 2008
    Ralph Leighton's casually epic description of a decade of obsession with the tiny country of Tannu Tuva in the 1970s and 1980s (now a part of the Russian Federation, and a part of the USSR before that) describes itself as "Richard Feynman's Last Journey." It might perhaps be better des...
  • Julianne
    Feb 06, 2008
    This is nonfiction novel following Richard Feynman (a famous physicist who worked on the A-bomb) and Ralph Leighton (Feynman's friend the geography teacher) as they try to find a way to Tannu Tuva, an obscure province of Russia that used to be an independent country. The reason the two...
  • Heather
    Jan 12, 2010
    I loved this book! Thanks Richard Feynman for refining my love for the Eurasian steppe! It was because of him that I saw my first herdsman in the Rose Parade so many years ago and was introduced to the music of Ondar. This book isn't a travel log of a trip to the nation of Tuva but a s...
  • Barbara
    Jul 07, 2012
    I was enjoying this book, it's circuitous journey, the quirky explorations of intelligent minds... But, SPOILER ALERT! I resented finding out Feynman never got there when the book was advertised as the tale of his last journey. ... Just seemed like a cheap trick which kinda spoiled the...
  • William Blair
    Mar 13, 2010
    This one is for the Richard Feynman fans. You know who you are. A real joy to read and brings out the personality of the non-conformist Nobel Prize winner even more so than "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" or "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" If you buy a copy BE SURE that...
  • A
    Dec 04, 2014
    I have been consumed with the ideas of Richard Feynman. Not knowing anything about physics, I have listened to his lectures, his non-linear way of thinking and the openness which he pursued his life. There are lots of things about Feynman to admire. Ralph Leighton was a close friend of...
  • Yanni
    Jan 09, 2009
    I found it fun to hear about these friend's adventures together, presumably a much needed distraction for them since Feynman was dying of cancer. Particularly amusing was the fun and games with the Soviet beurocracy and Feynman's amusing way of insisting that strings cannot be pulled b...
  • mingfrommongo
    May 24, 2009
    Two friends become enamored with the idea of visiting Tuva, a formerly independent member of the USSR. One of them just happens to be Nobel laureate Richard Feynman. This then is a memoir, not just of a travel adventure, but of the thirst for knowledge of a great man. The attempts to g...
  • Elly Sands
    Dec 31, 2015
    Richard Feynman is one interesting person! Because he had a stamp from his childhood collection with the name "Tuva" on it he decided to take a trip there. Wherever "there" was! It took ten years of extensive research to try and get to this Outer Mongolian country. The author, his fri...
  • Morgan
    Jan 09, 2010
    I once saw a TV show on Ricnhard Feynman, his wife and his friends (mr/Mrs Ralph Leighton) coforresponding with the government of Tuva, a tiny country near Mongolia --or part of Mongolia? They wrote as "friendly ambassadors from the USA", trying to establish good relations with this ...
  • Hadrian
    Jun 25, 2011
    Charming and instructing book about an aspect of Dr. Feynman's life, as well as the culture of a little country in the center of Asia. His powerful and inspiring curiosity about the world shines through. Best read while listening to Tuvan throat singing. I recommend Huun-Huur-Tu. ...
  • Andrew
    Nov 23, 2018
    As a travel narrative, this is a bit of an unusual book, in that it is mostly about trying to get to a particular place, but doesn't really provide a narrative of actually traveling there. As with much else in Richard Feynman's life, this all began with a whimsical bit of silliness. Fe...
  • Sam
    Jan 04, 2015
    This is a memoir by Ralph Leighton of his Cold War-era struggle to learn as much as he can about Tuva, a little place in the USSR, and go there with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Tuva is near the intersection of Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, in the middle...
  • Berbs
    Nov 29, 2016
    Interesting read. Anti-climactic, but if you did not know that going into reading it, I am not sure what to say. The main thing I noticed about it was the positive tone to it all and the almost childlike wonderment of getting to Tuva. I suppose in this so called "global world" that sor...
  • Daniel
    Dec 05, 2013
    Flashback to 2005, I was somewhere in the final northern portion of the Appalachian Trail and arrive at a shelter with a telephone. After ordering pizza with friends and settling in for the night, I see a bumper sticker high on the wall: "Tuva or Bust!" At the time, I had no idea what ...
  • Jan
    May 17, 2012
    I really enjoyed this book. Feynman had a great and curious mind as well as a good sense of humor. It's interesting to see how much the world has changed since the fall of communisum and how much it has stayed the same,it's still hard to get to Tannu Tuva ...
  • Linda Riebel
    Apr 22, 2012
    Tuva or Bust! tells the story of the late Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman and his sidekick Ralph Leighton as they plotted (in the later days of the Cold War) to visit the forbidden central Asian Soviet city of Tuva, simply to see if they could do it. The narrative is at first h...
  • Ramiz Qudsi
    May 29, 2012
    The story ends in a heartbreak. A decade worth of effort and hard work was ultimately futile, as the invitation to visit Tuva came a few weeks too late. Time was but limited for Feynman, yet he hanged on the borrowed time, fighting with the cancer, and winning one battle after another....
  • Jennifer Sowle
    May 22, 2014
    This is a fascinating, humorous and sometimes bittersweet tale of Nobel-Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman?s search for the mysterious country of Tannu Tuva. Many years ago I read Surely You?re Joking, Mr. Feynman, and have seen at least one PBS special on his life and search ...
  • A Cheung
    Jun 17, 2013
    I got from this book the spirit of Feynman: curiosity, doesn't mind being silly at times, trying and most importantly enjoy the process of it all. It is always interesting when one press on a silly idea, and found out that its not too silly after all. Although the book has less to do w...
  • Quasarion
    Apr 11, 2015
    There are some books that aren't on Must Read Classics lists but you end up going back to. Every time you do, there is something new. This is one of those books. My copy traveled with me through southeast Asia. I thought I lost it on a Japanese train but when I went to the lost and ...
  • Geoff Young
    Jul 04, 2016
    Richard Feynman's adventures are endlessly entertaining, and this book is no exception. Although lacking Feynman's distinctive voice, it provides a fitting tribute to a man obsessed with visiting a remote part of the world. Rich in details of the strangeness that ensued while pursui...
  • Bob Newman
    Dec 19, 2017
    Extremely pleasant and informative book on lost land of Tuva When I was a kid in the 1950s I collected stamps and had quite a few from a mysterious little land called "Tannu Tuva". It always intrigued me because though I could find it on the old globe we had at home (made before the...
  • A. B.
    Mar 26, 2019
    Unlike what the subtitle suggests, this book is not a story about the physicist Richard Feynman based on his own words, as in prior books for the general public edited by his friend, fellow drummer, and son of a colleague, Ralph Leighton. Rather, it is about an eleven-year campaign to ...