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A thoughtful companion volume to the earlier Surely You Are Joking Mr. Feynman!. Perhaps the most intriguing parts of the book are the behind-the-scenes descriptions of science and policy colliding in the presidential commission to determine the cause of the Challenger space shuttle explosion; and the scientific sleuthing behind his famously elegant O-ring-in-ice-water demonstration. Not as rollicking as his other memoirs, but in some ways more profound. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Roughly half of these 21 short, colloquial essays deal with Feynman's firsthand investigaton of the Challenger space-shuttle disaster. He casts himself in the role of intrepid detective, and the first-person singular pronoun keeps intruding on the worthwhile things he has to say about flight safety and lack of communication within NASA. An appendix offers his chilling technical observations on the shuttle's reliability or lack of it. The remaining pieces are mostly a blur of international conferences, purveying slight anecdotes. But two essays touch genuine depths of feeling: his tribute to his father, who taught him to cultivate a sense of wonder, and his account of his love affair with his first wife (who died). In this posthumous miscellany, theoretical physicist Feynman displays only sporadically the adventurousness that captivated readers of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Not quite as good as Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman (if you haven't read that yet, read it before buying this) but still enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by Nick
Love this man! Can't get enough of reading about him. A brilliant and down to Earth fellow. Includes the period when he was on the Challenger Disaster Commission and that alone is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Randee
A very interesting and lovely reading of one of the most brilliant minds in physics. The end of the book with the value of sciences is inspiring.Published 3 months ago by Ajmillo
I have everything he has every written,this just improves on his writingsPublished 4 months ago by Tom Baum
Wonderful stories by and about a smart guy who formed his opinions by looking at the real world rather than from the opinions of other people. Funny and thought-provoking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stanley H. Zisk
Another great collection of stories by Feynman. Not quite as interesting or as fulfilling as Surely You're Joking, but certainly a worthwhile read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacques Ferber