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"Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" : adventures of a curious character

Author: Richard P Feynman; Ralph Leighton; Edward Hutchings
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, Richard Feynman was one of the world's greatest theoretical physicists, but he was also a man who fell, often jumped, into adventure. An artist, safecracker, practical joker and storyteller, Feynman's life was a series of combustible combinations made possible by his unique mixture of high intelligence, unquenchable curiosity and eternal skepticism. Over a period of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Anecdotes
Autobiography
Autobiographies
Humor
Biographies
Named Person: Richard P Feynman; Richard P Feynman; Richard Phillips Feynman; Richard Phillips Feynman; Richard Phillips Feynman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P Feynman; Ralph Leighton; Edward Hutchings
ISBN: 0393019217 9780393019216 9780393316049 0393316041
OCLC Number: 10925248
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 350 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. I. From Far Rockaway to MIT. He fixes radios by thinking! --
String beans --
Who stole the door? --
Latin or Italian? --
Always trying to escape --
The chief research chemist of the Metaplast Corporation --
pt. II. The Princeton years. "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" --
Meeeeeeeeeee! --
A map of the cat? --
Monster minds --
Mixing paints --
A different box of tools --
Mindreaders --
The amateur scientist --
pt. III. Feynman, the bomb, and the military. Fizzled fuses --
Testing bloodhounds --
Los Alamos from below --
Safecracker meets safecracker --
Uncle Sam doesn't need you! --
pt. IV. From Cornell to Caltech, with a touch of Brazil. The dignified professor --
Any questions? --
I want my dollar! --
You just ask them? --
Lucky numbers --
O Americano, outra vez! --
Man of a thousand tongues --
Certainly, Mr. Big! --
An offer you must refuse --
pt. V. The world of one physicist. Would you solve the Dirac equation? --
The 7 percent solution --
Thirteen times --
It sounds Greek to me! --
But is it art? --
Is electricity fire? --
Judging books by their covers --
Alfred Nobel's other mistake --
Bringing culture to the physicists --
Found out in Paris --
Altered states --
Cargo cult science.
Responsibility: Richard P. Feynman as told to Ralph Leighton ; edited by Edward Hutchings.
Local System Bib Number:
ocm10925248

Abstract:

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, Richard Feynman was one of the world's greatest theoretical physicists, but he was also a man who fell, often jumped, into adventure. An artist, safecracker, practical joker and storyteller, Feynman's life was a series of combustible combinations made possible by his unique mixture of high intelligence, unquenchable curiosity and eternal skepticism. Over a period of years, Feynman's conversations with his friend Ralph Leighton were first taped and then set down as they appear here, little changed from their spoken form, giving a wise, funny, passionate and totally honest self-portrait of one of the greatest men of our age.
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