Well written, thoughtful and entertaining book about his life in science and just exploring his interests. I love how he explores how his interests ranged from physics to art to music to the Mayans and how he became interested in these various fields at various times without it seeming confusing. His safecracking stories are inspiring.
Narration was perfect for the subject.
FUCK this narrator. He is so obnoxious and talks in accents and mimics girls voices as high pitched and he's not funny at all and doesn't understand Richard Feynman at all.
Literally he ruined this book for me. The book is great on its own but it's read by some fucking idiot guy who thinks he's funny and isn't at all. Jokes and humor don't derive from dumb accents and subtly racist accents.
I enjoyed peering into the mind of the author and appreciated his honesty on social and science issues. Well read by Mr Todd, a good book for people with or without a science background.
This book is a most excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed the antics & jokes that Feynman recounted. The theme was not the science/physics but about the fun that came from a life that revolves around those disciplines.
One of my all time favorites. Funny, incisive, and a serious lesson for the complexities of modern education and research.
Better than expected!
Sure, this book is, what, over 30 years old now?! For some reason, then, I expected it would be dryer than more recent biographies. But what a pleasant surprise.
Actually, I wouldn't classify this as a true biography. It's more memoir or anecdotes than bio. Still, Feynman, with the help of Ralph Leighton, goes into more detail about various events that he was involved in than I had anticipated. Funny guy too!
No doubt a bit of Asperger's is reflected in his personality, as is sometimes the case with brilliant academicians. Nevertheless, his style of story-telling and his talented method's of teaching, demonstrate he's been able to overcome the hurdles of social awkwardness that hampered him in youth. Always bold though, and willing to speak his mind.
Loved hearing about his time at Los Alamos with the Manhattan Project, safe-cracking, and his shoulder-rubbing with physics greats like Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi, and Robert Oppenheimer. I do wish there had been more material from this period though and the development of the atomic bomb. (Do any of his other books cover this period in more detail?)
What a character too! I'm only about half-way through the book, but had to post this. By the way, his childhood growing up in Far Rockaway, NY, and antics as a budding scientist, reminded me a great deal of Oliver Sacks' childhood - boyhood lab, experiments, and nearly burning the family house down. If you liked this you might appreciate Sacks' book Uncle Tungsten.
Now, back to the story...
I wasn't too sure what to expect getting into this book because I normally will not choose this book.
After listening, I found this book really engaging and exciting. I am not sure what to say but I laughed, learned some lessons on integrity and research.
It was a great listen and the narrator did an amazing job as well.
My advice is to keep an open mind and enjoy.