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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Richard P. Feynman

A series of anecdotes shouldn't by rights add up to an autobiography, but that's just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in his engagingly eccentric book, a bestseller … see full wiki

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Author: Richard P. Feynman
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
2 reviews about Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
review by . September 18, 2002
Although I'd heard of Feynman for years now--people I know were excited by the Feynman Lectures volumes--I didn't really know who he was. Oh, I could probably have given you the fact that he was a physicist, and maybe that he had won the Nobel prize, and just recently Jill told me about a Feynman anecdote that she had read by Stephen Jay Gould. After Surely You're Joking, I know much more about Feynman, and why he interests people. As far from the stereotype of the scientist that you can get, yet …
review by . April 08, 2002
In keeping with Feynman's personality, the title of the book is a play on words. Curious can simply mean someone packed with curiosity or it can mean interesting. A character can be a person or it can refer to someone who is unconventional to eccentric. Well, whatever interpretation you wish to apply, it fits Mr. Feynman. He was clearly one of the brightest, energetic and most interesting people of the last century. His intellectual curiosity is as far-reaching as any others, and his ability to …
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