Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character

Classic Feynman All the Adventures of a Curious Character Classic Feynman Richard Feynman thrived on outrageous adventures Now packaged with an hour long audio CD of the Los Alamos from Below lecture Classic Feynman offers readers a chance to

  • Title: Classic Feynman: All the Adventures of a Curious Character
  • Author: Richard Feynman Ralph Leighton
  • ISBN: 9780393061321
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Classic Feynman Richard Feynman 1918 1988 thrived on outrageous adventures Now packaged with an hour long audio CD of the 1978 Los Alamos from Below lecture, Classic Feynman offers readers a chance to finally hear a great tale in the Nobel Prize winning physicist s own voice Full description

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    1. In life, it seems that there are two types of geniuses - great minds and great teachers. Many of each type have come along throughout modern history, minds like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and Niels Bohr, and teachers such as Nadia Boulanger, Socrates and Annie Sullivan. Very infrequently, genetics will stumble upon a phenomenal combination that provides both within once person - this was Richard Feynman. Despite his incredible mind, he also had a knack for explanation and story-telling - a ta [...]

    2. This 500-plus-page volume contains all the material from the 1985 book, "Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)," and its 1988 sequel, "What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character." The two books are not simply juxtaposed but their essays and chapters are merged to form a new arrangement of the material. The nine parts of the book, each containing 1-18 chapters/essays, are:Prologues [pp. 1-9]: Ralph Leighton’s “To the R [...]

    3. A collection of life anecdotes from one of history's most over-the-top characters. Classic Feynman is the autobiographical retelling of various vignettes from Feynman's life,. The vignettes themselves are interesting and often hilarious as Feynman is a keen wit and unfailingly curious about the world and its inhabitants. While the stories themselves make for an entertaining read the final essays of the collection elevate the book to required reading. The final story details his time spent as a m [...]

    4. "There are the rushing wavesmountains of moleculeseach stupidly minding its own businesstrillions apartyet forming white surf in unison.Ages on agesbefore any eyes could seeyear after year thunderously pounding the shore as now.For whom, for what?On a dead planetwith no life to entertain.Never at resttortured by energywasted prodigiously by the sunpoured into space.A mite makes the sea roar.Deep in the sea all molecules repeatthe patterns of one anothertill complex new ones are formed.They make [...]

    5. This book is incredible, though not for the reasons I had really anticipated.The portions of the book I really thoroughly enjoyed had nothing to do with physics. The parts I'll remember from this book are his exploits as a lockpick, a safecracker, a figure artist, a bongo player, a prankster, a polyglot, and a traveler. I'll remember his determination in working on only things that interest him, even if they don't appear to be useful (the wobbling plate). I'll remember his hours observing ants f [...]

    6. Loved it! One of my favorite scientist autobiographies, the interesting stories from Feynman's life, and they show how fascinating a character he was.

    7. I loved this book. Super engaging, interesting, and educational wrt history and science. Philosophy of science was fascinating - some of which I agreed with (the importance of acknowledging ignorance) and others not as much (the falsity and non-necessity of espousing broader impacts). It's surprising that with someone as outspoken as Feinman, I was never offended at all, even in his discussions of women (some with adjacent editorial apology).

    8. Collates Surely You're Joking and What Do You Care What Other People Think. My copy came with a CD recording of Feynman, but I think you can find that content on youtube now.

    9. Feynman was a great story teller. This book isn't a biography or an in depth look at his physics research. Instead it is a collection of stories from his like that happen to give some biographical or physics research details. The book came with a cd which is the audio from one of the talks in the book. If you're a first time reader of the book, listen to the cd first. As I listened, the stories in the book suddenly had his voice and became more interesting purely because I could hear his deliver [...]

    10. Classic Feynman is a collection of stories, lectures, and anecdotes taken from his two most popular books, Surely Your Joking and What Do You Care What Other People Think to form an entertaining autobiography of this endlessly fascinating and fiercely independent man. The book is divided into two distinct parts. The first and largest chunk of the book is dedicated to Feynman's childhood, time as a student, his work at Los Alamos, his adventures in Brazil and Japan, and his time as a professor at [...]

    11. There are certain books which, if read at the correct time in a person's development, can drastically alter their life for the better. This is the best example of such a book.Feynman's stories distill a lifetime of lessons into a light-hearted, pleasantly disjoint narrative. Each chapter is a separate story, but Feynman's life is so intensely interesting that it will keep you glued to this book until the very end.Feynman was a brilliant and incredibly luck individual. Many of the stories in this [...]

    12. Richard Feynman is just about the closest thing I have to an idol: he was incredibly smart and inventive, but was always open to trying new things and just a fun guy to hang out with. Reading this book hasn't really changed my view of the man much. The only tarnish is that in his younger years, he could be kind of an asshole with his (in)famous pranks, and often comes across as uncomfortably sexist (I guess it was the '50s, though).This is a fairly accessible book, though if you don't understand [...]

    13. I find Feynman irresistible. He's got a clear worldview that he likes to question and explore, using the imaginary audience as a platform. Plus, his stories are just wacked out crazyville. For instance, Feynman worked at Los Alamos on the nuclear bomb, but that's not at all the focus of his story: rather, the coded letters his dying wife sent, and his growing safecracking/lockpicking skills while at the secure facility are his emphasis.And that's just the tip of the Feynman iceberg. This set of [...]

    14. I actually had this book read to me by someone who truly appreciates Feynman; it was a treat! It also came with a disc, so I could plug Feynman's stories into my car and get a whole spectrum of auditory experience. This was one of the great men of history, IMHO, an obvious genius, but a humble one. I love that he taught himself to draw. I love that he loved his wife more than anything, and that when she became ill, they sent each other encrypted messages and love notes and puzzles to each other [...]

    15. Me not finishing this book is in NO WAY Richard Feynman's fault. This book is a collection of his essays, set in chronological order, and he's fascinating. Definitely one of my favorite-of-life scientists (besides Neil deGrasse Tyson, who's my secret boyfriend. Secret because he has no idea I'm alive) - teaching this year has just made my brain tired and capable (barely) of following Netflix sitcom reruns only (MASH, Friends and 3rd Rock from the Sun lately). So. I'll be back when my attention s [...]

    16. Here are all the anecdotes previously published in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?, rearranged into chronological order.As such, it's a great read, but given a choice I'll take them in the order of first printing. The advantage here, though, is the included CD of Feynman telling some of his grand Los Alamos stories for himself.

    17. I didn't know much about Feynman before I read this book. Transcribed interviews and speeches and writings tell a fascinating story and the book is hilarious and full of personality.One drawback: I was hit in the head again and again by the typical sexism and bias of a scientist and American of his eras, more overt than the same today. The mad men of it got a little tiring sometimes, but I still recommend.

    18. I don't care what Freeman Dyson says; Feynman has to be making half this shit up. But you can't make up working at Los Alamos or unraveling the Challenger disaster. And even if Feynman has exaggerated a little for the sake of good storytelling, it's still damn good storytelling, and legitimate insight into a strange, playful mind that most of us in the math and sciences have profound respect for. Bravo.

    19. In my (very humble) opinion, Feynman ranks right up there with Einstein and Oppenheimer. Calling him an interesting person is a gross understatement. It's unfortunate that it took an episode of "The Big Bang Theory" to bring him to my attention--not that I don't like the show (it's one of the few TV shows I look forward to)--but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I'd never heard of this splendid individual before.

    20. I could just have easily given this book four stars. It reads like a transcript of a lecture, which in many cases it probably is.Many parts were fascinating, but I could have done w/out some of the chapters. However he comes across as an intellectually honest author, with a willingness to give you access to his raw emotions and hunger to learn everything about everything. If a person is the sum of his experiences, then you can argue that nothing in the book was superfluous.

    21. I knew nothing about Richard Feynman before reading this book. For the newbie like me, Classic Feynman provided a wonderful glimpse into the life of this hilarious scientist. This collection of stories did seem to drag on at times, but I enjoyed Feynman's stories so much. He is a natural storyteller. I wish an audiobook version existed so I could hear Feynman recount these adventures himself. Worth reading. You do not have to know/enjoy physics to love Feynman.

    22. The brilliant Richard Feynman was many people in one--scientist, teacher, writer, bongo player, raconteur, and safecracker. But mainly he is known to the public as a great storyteller.This book collects several of Feynman's published volumes of wit and wisdom, as well as a CD of his presentation of atomic bomb adventures to a live audience in 1978. The printed stories are wonderful, but the audio presentation really highlights Feynman's high-flying spirit.

    23. Had to return to the library before I finished, but really good! Very humorous -- laugh out loud at a couple points --basically delivered as (edited)transcripts of Feynman talking, so a little overlap in some story lines here & there, but overall very entertaining anecdotes from a brilliant mind. He stays fairly well balanced between self deprecating humor and knowing he is in fact very intelligent.

    24. Great book. It was nice to read something humorous and intelligent and feel like I could connect with my physicist husband on some level. I didn't expect to enjoy this book, but now I would recommend it to any curious reader no matter their understanding of science. Feynman is brilliant and hilarious!

    25. Interesting guy. No bullshit, honest, naive, lots of insight into science and life, also physicist with highest sex drive known to man though developed late into grad school, was weirdo before. But after, goes to club, watches strippers, determines theory of quantum electrodynamics, gets laid, teaches class morning after. Will follow in footsteps.

    26. Classics from Feynman's earlier autobiographical works arranged in roughly chronological order. A bonus CD of some of the source material is included, and is well worth the price of admission. Feynman was hilarious to listen to, a born raconteur. Fun collection that's light on the science and heavy on the anecdotes. Recommended.

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