Customer Reviews: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
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on December 8, 2013
Funny. Who knew Physists could be so funny and lead a productive life changing the world one atom at a time.
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VINE VOICEon December 19, 2006
Dr. Feynman demonstrates the humor and roaring fun that made him such a favorite teacher among his students. His sense of humor is contagious and you find yourself realizing that even physics can be fun. His burning curiousity is also contagious and you may find yourself taking time to stare at ants for hours and enjoying every minute of it. Get the book, it is one of the funnest books I ever read. And it might just give you the passion for learning and impish inquisitive mind to understand the joy of spending your life in pursuit of learning. There is not praise high enough for this joyous and rousing testament to a life well lived.
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on April 12, 2002
Usually auto biographies (altough this book is written by a friend, its contents are taken directly from the mouth of Dick Feynman) are apologetic and with the objective of gathering sympathy from the readers, right? wrong! Richard Feynman is a brave man, and is not afraid to show is weaknesses and failures alongside with is triumphs (sometimes those simple things that made him happy like learning how to play bongo or samba in brazil).
It's very interesting to discover that genius worry with the same things as we common mortals. Like how to get a date from a pretty lady (altough I don't agree with is way, but it worked for him...).
This is a very good book that makes interesting reading, buy it.
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on September 6, 2010
Previous to reading this book I had listened to the Fineman lectures on physics, but I didn't fully understand the dynamic personality of this character until I read this book. It is a compilation of stories about Richard Fineman's life, and I enjoyed them very much. These stories range from his time spent in Los Alimos working on the bomb, to playing in a samba band in Brazil, to winning the Nobel prize, to picking up on women in bars, to his artistic forays, to his decision to stay at Cal Tech despite what other school offered to pay him. The book was funny, engaging and read very well by a talented narrator. I look forward to reading more about this charismatic character in What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
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on June 21, 2008
Part physicist, part prankster, part musician, part teacher, part genius, part story teller, part little boy and all human being, this is the true story of Richard Feynman. He was a man with an insatiable curiosity, and had a zest to explore the world of physics, human nature and himself.

The stories in the book are funny, entertaining and enlightening. Feynman never got out of his box, because he never had one. From the gifted young boy who fixed radios by thinking to the top notch physicist who could explain concepts to laymen like no one else, Feynman was one of a kind.

Well worth the read!

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on June 24, 1998
Don't be misled into thinking the "Curious" in the sub-title of this book means "strange." The word is meant to be taken literally, for indeed Feynman was curious about everything in the world around him. Surely one of the most gifted physicists of our time, Feynman won the Nobel proze for Physics in 1965. Feynman talks about boyhood adventures fixing radios, and then goes on to speak about his work on the Manhattan project, his meetings with Bohr, Einstein and Oppenheimer, and various other adventures in his personal and professional life. This book will have you laughing out loud even if you do not understand anything about quantum mechanics. Especially interesting is the chapter titled "Safecracker meets Safecracker."
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on July 15, 1999
A series of amusing stories for both the scientist and the layman. The safecracking story is priceless.
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on July 26, 1997
I am a college professor. I have been having my classes read this book for the past 5 years. It is one of the best books that students can read in order to answer the question: Why am I in college?
To Learn. Most people emphasize the adventures and overlook the simple beauty of the book, i.e. lifelong learning. This book is a testament to the process of continuous learning throughout your life. College is where you start to put together the skills that you will use to learn for the rest of your life. It is my contention that I have learned more since I earned my Ph.D. than I did before. Feynman demonstrates that as long as you are alive, you are learning. A simple message indeed: enjoy learning.
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on August 14, 2014
I read this book on the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend, and was quite disappointed. I thought was a sloppy and self-aggrandizing collection of anecdotes ranging from the dull to the obnoxious. I suppose to be fair, I should point out that there actually are a number of genuinely funny parts. However, for me these were overshadowed by the inescapable impression that the author is an irritatingly self-satisfied horse's ass.
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on November 2, 1999
As a mechanical engineer I had not heard of Feynman until I read Rhodes' book about the Manhattan project. About then, I read that Feynman had just died. This was the first book that I read about him, and it's the funniest.
I think that it's this book that has his insight about nuclear weapons...that despite all his misgivings about them, they had helped to keep the peace for forty years (at the time that he was reflecting on it)and that he was glad somebody had decided to go forward with the project.
High school kids, and not just the brightest ones, should read this book. It talks about learning things on your own, and looking at things to the beat of your own drum.
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