- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: December 16, 1999
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00005458Z
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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I have started this translation method with my 7 year old and its now become this fun(ny) exercise. Easier to remember facts and provides a perspective that is relatable.
Do yourself a favour and get to know this man!
The book consist of 5 parts, which are roughly equal to five important periods in Feynman's life. These are: 1) His early pre-university life, 2) His university life, 3) Involvement in the Manhattan project, 4) Early years as a professor, and 5) Later years as a physicist and professor. Each of these parts consist of small chapters that tell a situation (usually funny or weird) in which he got himself and his usually odd reactions in that situation.
Throughout the book, there is this honest, smart, jokingly view on life. Feynman did experiments. Not just experiments in physics but experiments in life. He would try out things to see if he could do it or to see how people would react. That attitude of experimenting and learning always got him in weird situations and this book is full of those. Example? As a boy trying to imitate Italian (and getting away with it). Removing doors from classmates and so honestly admitting that he did it that nobody believed him (hilarious!). Pick-locking safes. Playing Brazilian instruments. Doing out to Vegas to hand out with gamblers and show women. Proof reading secondary school science books and actually reading them :)
This was one of these books which I found myself laughing out loud quite often. Many of the stories made such an impression that I went off to tell other people about it as they stuck with me (especially the genius experiment with water, a glass and a tip). Everytime when I read more of it, I got more excited about the book and I was actually very sad when I finished the book. It is a book I'll probably re-read (and enjoy as much the second time). It isn't a book about physics or about a specific topic, it is purely a book about Richard Feynman... a curious character... indeed. Five stars, recommended for people who want to read an interesting and fun book.
I think Feynman sounds like "one hell of a great guy." He isn't a great author, but the book is immensely readable and a lot of fun. Plus, for me anyway, I learned a lot about myself. He definitely had me beat in the IQ department, but I think we had a lot in common...Namely intense curiosity from an early age. I enjoyed reading how that manifested itself in a genius.
When I finished this book, I immediately bought Feynman's "What Do You Care....", and after that "Six Not So Easy Pieces....". Think I'm finally Feynman-ed out, but I'm glad I read his books.
Richard Feynman was one of the truly great minds of the twentieth century, and his lectures are considered some of the most important works of hard science to date by the overwhelming number of physical scientists in the world. This book discusses physics in language accessible to most anyone, yet has an urbane sophistication and sense of humor about it that is able to entertain a wide variety of readers. I recommend it to anyone who wants to look inside the world of a genuine genius. Inside that world they will discover insights about science, music, societal values, the educational system, and much more, while simultaneously skewering pompous blowhards who feel superior to others due to education or upbringing.
Truly Feynman was a genius for the masses; this is my favorite of his books, but I recommend them all.