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Sunday, May 13, 2012
34. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman
Here's the description from the back cover:
"Richard Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in physics, was one fo the world's greatest theoretical physicists and thrived on outrageous adventure. His eyebrow-raising behavior once shocked a Princeton dean's wife to exclaim: "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" Feynman was surely the only person in history to solve the mystery of liquid helium, to be commissioned to paint a naked female toreador, and to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds wiht Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, is Feynman's astonishing life story -- a combustible misture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, eternal skepticism, and raging chutzpah."
I've enjoyed reading the biographies of Richard Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein; but I think this may be my last. The stories were mostly humorous and interesting; but by the end, I was tired of the book. Rating: 2.75