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Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From The Beaten Track: The Letters Of Richard P. Feynman Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 5, 2005
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Here are just a few samples of Feynman's prose when saying NO:
...in response to an inquiry about returning to Los Alamos as a summertime consultant, he writes: "My plans for the summer are not definite. I expect to loaf around a great deal...I would just as soon not bother about filling out all the blanks for the contract until there is some definite reason for it."
...declining a request to contribute to a book about Hans Bethe, he offers: "I like Hans so very much that I feel I 'ought' to do what you want--but who invented this infernal idea of writing an article for a guy when he gets to be 60? Isn't there an easier way to show friendship and regard? I feel like I feel on Mothers Day."
...and declining a request to visit a colleague and well-wisher shortly after receiving the Nobel prize, he says: "I am sorry I shall not be able to stop in New York, either coming or going as I have a letter from a professor [the person requesting the visit] suggesting that I take very good care of my time."
There are a number of other examples, but you get the idea. It's just one more way to enjoy this great collection!
This is a book I will read again. We lost a very unique mind and soul in 1988, way too early, in my opinion.
school graduate, before Feynman or after Feynman. He was the master "story teller" and "guru" of physics during
his lifetime. Many short subjects are covered in this excellent publication, including most of his best magazine
articles and lectures. His review of math text books, near the end, could stand up even today, since most current
math textbooks used in schools nationwide have the same problems he detailed in his great critique. Once you
start reading this tome, it is difficult to put it down, even when you need to get some sleep. It is that good.
This book gives so much insight into just how much so. The book consists of letters he both wrote and received from other people. It is a book that will never leave my house.
Many kudos to his daughter for compiling it to share with the world. And also many thanks to her