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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Audiobook

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. In addition to solving the mystery of liquid helium, Feynman has been commissioned to paint a naked female toreador and asked to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He has traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds with Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

©1985 by Richard P. Feynman; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light." (Time)

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    Redwine 10-20-15
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    Preformance is rather lack luster for such fantastic source material. It did an adequate job, but fails to inspire the way Feynman's memoirs should.

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    Robert Reyna 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    I loved the book. Everything about it. You get fully immersed into his life, and actually feel like you're a part of it. I could t stop listening.

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    Jonathan 10-01-15
    Jonathan 10-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    There really are no words I heard about Mr Feynman from the television show called Numb3rs and I share Charlie Eppes admiration for mr Feynman's Intellectual integrity and Scientific Inquiry with integrity. The book was also well written with a sort of careless disregard for chronology giving him the freedom to explore ideas and pursuits across decades with occasional reference to when the where took place. Perfect! The Narrator was obviously in tune with the author's emotional cadence as well I felt as if I were listening to an Old guy tell his stories while completely abandoning the idea that it wasn't him! Since there is no physical way I could have experienced such a wonderful relationship; I feel deeply privileged to have stumbled into this book. It will always be in my library so I can revisit the conversations until my conversation is over.

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    Jonathan 09-28-15
    Jonathan 09-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Instant favorite"

    One of the best works of non fiction I have ever heard. I wish I could have met this amazing man during his stay on our planet.

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    Davida 09-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stories, but may not be what you think"
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    The book is a collection of stores about the life of Mr. Feynman, it is not a book that explains his theories and works.

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    A. Knutson 09-21-15
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    While it's entertaining for a while, by the end I don't feel as if I tool anything away from it. It's like having a teacher ramble on during class.

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    Jorge Montfort South Padre Island, Texas 08-30-15
    Jorge Montfort South Padre Island, Texas 08-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "book 3.5/5 narrator 2/5"

    Cool stories, egocentric character, nice sciene, horrible narrator. just learned to choose book on audibke based on theme AND narratir

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 08-18-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 08-18-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    Feynman says some very interesting stuff about science, math and art in this book. He then ruins it by talking about his life, bragging about girls he's slept with and being very irresponsible about his role in the creation of the atomic bomb. In pretty much anything he's involved in which helps people he comes off as an uncaring douche.

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    A Reader New Jersey, USA 08-17-15
    A Reader New Jersey, USA 08-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An unorthodox autobiography of a genius"

    Don't listen to the other commenters - the narrator brings this amazing man's stories to life in a way I'm sure Richard would approve. His unpretentious personality and authenticity shine though, making this unlike most autobiographies. I could not stop listening and was sad when it ended. I am sure I will listen to this many times to come.

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    general lee new york 08-15-15
    general lee new york 08-15-15
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    "excellent read"

    i really enjoyed every aspect of this book. i enjoyed the way it was read, i enjoyed the funny, informative, and wacky content. the author made something unexpected out of his life. i highly recommend this book if you like biographies or good stories.

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