Apr 18 2007

Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!

Category: BooksChrisM @ 12:48 pm

Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P Feynman

I actually read this book after having completed all of the Lois McMaster Bujold (I can see that author’s name being abbreviated in posts soon ;> ) books I have, but wanted to give you all a chance to read some other reviews before ploughing into a one genre cascade of reviews.
This book is about a scientist (if you haven’t heard of him previously, I’d recommend reading the Wiki article on him first, else he’ll seem to be prone to boasting) who had an incredibly interesting and diverse life. The book is basically an autobiography, which lists his experiments and achievements. I can tell I’m already losing a great deal of potential book-readers here, but trust me on this, it is worth reading. I hadn’t heard of Freeman Dyson’s (revised) quote regarding Mr Feynman until I read the wiki article, but I think it portrays him very well – all-genius, all-buffoon.
The book itself describe how Richard got interested in science, and about his experiments in a garden shed as a boy. It later describes his efforts to assist the allies during WWII, and just how human nature will normally prevail over stifling bureaucracy.
If you do enjoy the book, and are at all interested in science, you may be interested in his other works, please do feel free to leave a comment if you enjoyed them. (I’ve not grabbed a copy yet of his other works – is it worth searching them out?)

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