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Surely Youre Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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A series of anecdotes, such as are included in Surely Youre Joking, Mr Feynman , shouldnt by rights add up to an autobiography, but thats just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in this engagingly eccentric book. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled Judging Books by Their C A series of anecdotes, such as are included in Surely Youre Joking, Mr Feynman , shouldnt by rights add up to an autobiography, but thats just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in this engagingly eccentric book. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled Judging Books by Their Covers), intolerant of stupidity even when it comes packaged as high intellectualism (check out Is Electricity Fire?), unafraid to offend (see You Just Ask Them?), Feynman informs by entertaining. Its possible to enjoy Surely Youre Joking, Mr Feynman , a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985, simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realise that underneath all the merriment simmers a running commentary on what constitutes authentic knowledge: learning by understanding, not by rote; refusal to give up on seemingly insoluble problems, and total disrespect for fancy ideas that have no grounding in the real world. Feynman himself had all these qualities in spades, and they come through with vigour and verve in his no-bull prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. -- Wendy Smith

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A series of anecdotes, such as are included in Surely Youre Joking, Mr Feynman , shouldnt by rights add up to an autobiography, but thats just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in this engagingly eccentric book. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled Judging Books by Their C A series of anecdotes, such as are included in Surely Youre Joking, Mr Feynman , shouldnt by rights add up to an autobiography, but thats just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in this engagingly eccentric book. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled Judging Books by Their Covers), intolerant of stupidity even when it comes packaged as high intellectualism (check out Is Electricity Fire?), unafraid to offend (see You Just Ask Them?), Feynman informs by entertaining. Its possible to enjoy Surely Youre Joking, Mr Feynman , a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985, simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realise that underneath all the merriment simmers a running commentary on what constitutes authentic knowledge: learning by understanding, not by rote; refusal to give up on seemingly insoluble problems, and total disrespect for fancy ideas that have no grounding in the real world. Feynman himself had all these qualities in spades, and they come through with vigour and verve in his no-bull prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. -- Wendy Smith
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Title Surely Youre Joking, Mr. Feynman! Height 12.9
Richard P Feynman Width 2.3
ISBN-13 9780099173311 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #009917331X Spine Width
Publisher Bantam Press Pages 368
Edition Availability In Stock

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