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“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”

Adventures of a Curious Character

Richard P. Feynman (Author), Ralph Leighton (Editor)

 

A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.

Richard Feynman, 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; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 1997
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31604-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“A storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain. He proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time.” — New York Times Book Review

“Quintessential Feynman—funny, brilliant, bawdy . . . enormously entertaining.” — The New Yorker

“Buzzes with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist.” — Science Digest

“A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light.” — Time

“Feynman is legendary among his colleagues for his brilliance and his eccentricity.... It's hard not to smile all the way through.” — Newsweek

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