"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character

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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character

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His other books include The Feynman Lectures on Physics and What Do You Care What Other People Think? Feynman, Richard P. (1948). "A Relativistic Cut-Off for Classical Electrodynamics". Physical Review. 74 (8): 939–946. Bibcode: 1948PhRv...74..939F. doi: 10.1103/PhysRev.74.939. Archived from the original on September 19, 2020 . Retrieved May 20, 2019. Feynman is speaking to us from late in his life, when he has reached the very top of his profession. While he is clearly aware of his own intelligence, his tone is very accessible and encouraging. (it is no wonder he places such a high value on teaching—which is somewhat unusual for a professor of his clout). He encourages his readers to take pleasure in exploring natural and cultural phenomena for themselves.

Take the world from another point of view [videorecording] / with Richard Feynman; Films for the Hu (1972) Tindol, Robert (December 2, 1999). "Physics World poll names Richard Feynman one of 10 greatest physicists of all time" (Press release). California Institute of Technology . Retrieved June 10, 2023. Nielsen, Michael A.; Chuang, Isaac L. (2010). Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (10th anniversaryed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p.7. ISBN 978-1-107-00217-3. OCLC 844974180. a b c d e O'Connor, J. J.; Robertson, E. F. (August 2002). "Richard Feynman (1918–1988) – Biography – MacTutor History of Mathematics". University of St. Andrews . Retrieved June 10, 2023.

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QED (play)". Vivian Beaumont Theatre: Internet Broadway Database. November 18, 2001 – June 20, 2002. Hillis, W. Daniel (1989). "Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine". Physics Today. American Institute of Physics. 42 (2): 78–83. Bibcode: 1989PhT....42b..78H. doi: 10.1063/1.881196. ISSN 0031-9228– via The Long Now. Hillis on his conversation with Feynman about his dying.

Feynman’s sharp wit and willingness to upstage anyone who ever tried to subdue him was the hallmark of his personality. A large part of the book underscores this virtue of his via a mixed bag of funny and not-so-funny pranks. Haynie, D.T. (2007). "And the award goes to..." International Journal of Nanomedicine. 2 (2): 125–127. ISSN 1176-9114. PMC 2673976. PMID 17722541. Dyson, F. J. (1949). "The radiation theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger, and Feynman". Physical Review. 75 (3): 486–502. Bibcode: 1949PhRv...75..486D. doi: 10.1103/PhysRev.75.486.

a b Wellerstein, Alex (July 11, 2014). "Who smeared Richard Feynman?". Restricted Data . Retrieved June 10, 2023. Feynman was also interested in the relationship between physics and computation. He was also one of the first scientists to conceive the possibility of quantum computers. [148] [149] [150] In the 1980s he began to spend his summers working at Thinking Machines Corporation, helping to build some of the first parallel supercomputers and considering the construction of quantum computers. [151] [152] Feynman, Richard P.; Kleinert, Hagen (1986). "Effective classical partition functions" (PDF). Physical Review A (published December 1986). 34 (6): 5080–5084. Bibcode: 1986PhRvA..34.5080F. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.34.5080. PMID 9897894. Urry, Meg (August 9, 2014). "Male scientists, don't harass young female colleagues". CNN.com. Archived from the original on June 15, 2021 . Retrieved May 14, 2021. The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details". National Science Foundation. Archived from the original on May 5, 2019 . Retrieved July 15, 2016.

a b c "Richard P. Feynman – Biographical". The Nobel Foundation. Archived from the original on July 1, 2006 . Retrieved April 23, 2013. Best Nonfiction". Modern Library. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012 . Retrieved November 12, 2016. The book's title is taken from a comment made by a woman at Princeton University after Feynman asked for both cream and lemon in his tea, not being familiar with the proper etiquette. [3] Criticism [ edit ] In the early 1960s, Feynman acceded to a request to "spruce up" the teaching of undergraduates at the California Institute of Technology, also called Caltech. After three years devoted to the task, he produced a series of lectures that later became The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Accounts vary about how successful the original lectures were. Feynman's own preface, written just after an exam on which the students did poorly, was somewhat pessimistic. His colleagues David L. Goodstein and Gerry Neugebauer said later that the intended audience of first-year students found the material intimidating while older students and faculty found it inspirational, so the lecture hall remained full even as the first-year students dropped away. In contrast, physicist Matthew Sands recalled the student attendance as being typical for a large lecture course. [157]


Feynman, Richard (March 5, 1966). "Richard Feynman – Session III" (Interview). Interviewed by Charles Weiner. American Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016 . Retrieved June 19, 2016. American Scientists Series Slideshow". beyondtheperf.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013 . Retrieved December 1, 2012. Cosmology: Math Plus Mach Equals Far-Out Gravity". Time. June 26, 1964. Archived from the original on December 13, 2011 . Retrieved August 7, 2010. Richard P. Feynman was a winner of the Nobel prize in physics. This book tells us about various escapades he had in his life. I have read a few books written by Nobel Prize winners in Physics. Most of them were written formally about the academy stuff related to Physics.

Though written in short anecdotes that make it easily readable, I believe this is not Feynman’s best book. It seems Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman only recounts stories while trying to be funny, but never actually making the reader reflect deeply. Along the way to becoming a famous physicist. Feynman puts his inquisitive nature to work in many other areas, and learns a lot about the world outside of his department. He learns about biology, Mayan hieroglyphics, and the ins and outs of Japanese culture. He learns to speak Portuguese, play the drums, profit from gambling, and achieves some recognition as an artist. Koren, Marina (October 24, 2018). "Lawrence Krauss and the Legacy of Harassment in Science". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on May 30, 2021 . Retrieved May 14, 2021.Holden, Stephen (October 4, 1996). "A Man, a Woman and an Atomic Bomb". The New York Times . Retrieved June 10, 2023.

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