Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character is an edited collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman. The book, released in 1985, covers a variety of instances in Feynman's life. The anecdotes in the book are based on recorded audio conversations that Feynman had with his close friend and drumming partner Ralph Leighton.
|Author||Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman|
|Genre||Autobiography, Biography, Non-fiction|
|Publisher||W.W. Norton (US)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback) also Audio book|
|Pages||350 p. (US hardcover edition) & 322 p. (US paperback edition)|
|ISBN||0-393-01921-7 (US hardcover edition)|
|530/.092/4 B 19|
|LC Class||QC16.F49 A37 1985|
|Followed by||What Do You Care What Other People Think?|
The book has many stories which are lighthearted in tone, such as his fascination with safe-cracking, studying various languages, participating with groups of people who share different interests (such as biology or philosophy), and ventures into art and samba music.
Other stories cover more serious material, including his work on the Manhattan Project (during which his first wife Arline Greenbaum died of tuberculosis) and his critique of the science education system in Brazil. The section "Monster Minds" describes his slightly nervous presentation of his graduate work on the Wheeler–Feynman absorber theory in front of Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Pauli, Henry Norris Russell, John von Neumann, and other major scientists of the time.
The anecdotes were edited from taped conversations that Feynman had with his close friend and drumming partner Ralph Leighton. Its surprise success led to a sequel, What Do You Care What Other People Think?, also taken from Leighton's taped conversations. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! became a national bestseller.
Feynman was criticized for a chapter titled "You Just Ask Them?" where he recounts picking up a woman by deliberately insulting her with a misogynistic term after the woman seemingly plays him for free food. Feynman states at the end of the chapter that this behavior wasn't typical.
- "Overview of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!". wwnorton.com. W. W. Norton & Company.
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