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"What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character Paperback – January 17, 2001
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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 the Audio CD edition.
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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 the Audio CD edition.
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I beleive I had read "Surely You're Joking...", before not this one. Many of the stories were familar including the heartbreak of Feynman's first wife. I enjoyed the book and reading of Feynman's thoughts and experiences. I am trained as a physicist and appreciate and understand many of his opions and observations. Overall it is a good read. There are times when Feynman seems full of himself, but he is brillant and a Noble Prize winner.