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

Feynman, Richard P., as told to Ralph Leighton

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ISBN 10: 0393019217 / ISBN 13: 9780393019216
Published by W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1985
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Number line 5 6 7 8 9 0. Thus, the fifth printing. The title begins with a set of quotation marks, which the ABE computer will probably remove. Boards resist opening past 60 degrees; as new unread. Jacket shows rub and wear to corners. Not price clipped; original $16.95 price showing. Bottom of front jacket flap coded 1-85. The anecdotal autobiography of the irreverent Richard Feynman, who was judged mentally deficient by the United States Army, subsequently figured out how to use primitive computers to help design the atomic bomb, won the Nobel Prize for theoretical physics, and figured out why the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up, demonstrating the danger of putting an actual scientific genius on a government panel designed to cover things up and make them nice. A wonderful book. 350 pp. including index. Reduced from $132. Bookseller Inventory # 003844

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Title: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" / ...

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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The Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist talks about his adventure-filled life in a series of transcribed taped discussions


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 ever since its initial publication in 1985. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled "Judging Books by Their Covers"), intolerant of stupidity even when it comes packaged as high intellectualism (check out "Is Electricity Fire?"), unafraid to offend (see "You Just Ask Them?"), Feynman informs by entertaining. It's possible to enjoy Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the smart-alecky author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realize that underneath all the merriment simmers a running commentary on what constitutes authentic knowledge: learning by understanding, not by rote; refusal to give up on seemingly insoluble problems; and total disrespect for fancy ideas that have no grounding in the real world. Feynman himself had all these qualities in spades, and they come through with vigor and verve in his no-bull prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. --Wendy Smith

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