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

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Unwin Paperbacks, 1985 - Physicists - 350 pages
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Smart, yet funny and easy to read. - Goodreads
Several people thought that the writing was weak. - Goodreads
One of my favorite educational characters. - Goodreads
A great insight into the creativity of Feynman's mind. - Goodreads
It was perfect story telling. - Goodreads
At times this book was hard to read. - Goodreads

Review: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

Richard Feynman was a self-absorbed jerk. With that said, he was also an incredibly honest and brilliant jerk. It's that honesty and totally unpretentious manner that make his writing so compelling ... Read full review

Review: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

User Review  - g0ldenboy - Goodreads

Childish self-aggrandizement. Simply written anecdotes about him outsmarting everyone, often in jerky, smartass ways. Exclamation points everywhere. For a purported genius, displays little emotional or philosophical complexity. Nevertheless, fun, easy, addictive reading. Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist, received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1942 and worked at Los Alamos, New Mexico, on the atomic bomb during World War II. From 1945 to 1950, he taught at Cornell University and became professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1950. Feynman made important contributions to quantum electrodynamics (QED) and electromagnetic interactions, such as interactions among electrons. In Feynman's approach, interactions are considered exchanges of virtual particles. For example, Feynman explained the interaction of two electrons as an exchange of virtual photons. Feynman's theory has proved to be accurate in its predictions. In 1965 the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three pioneers in quantum electrodynamics: Feynman, Julian Schwinger, and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Feynman was an outspoken critic of NASA for its failure to notice flaws in the design of the Challenger space shuttle, which resulted in its tragic explosion.

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