Among the book's many tales we meet Feynman's first wife, Arlene, who taught him of love's irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. We are also given a fascinating narrative of the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger's explosion in 1986, and we relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster's cause by an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.
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"Feynman's voice echoes raw and direct.' (The New York Times Book Review)
I am self-absorbed and...oh wait this isn't an e-mail to my therapist. hehe I love the Science and Technology section here, it's my favorite. I hope to write my reviews at least well enough to peek the interest of a few listeners to the point where they will shift their tastes more toward educational literature, knowing that(after receiving some insight from me) they can be just as entertaining, if not more so than mainstream fiction
This guy is so cool! I have read a few other books where physicists commented on him such as in 'The Black Hole War' where Leonard Susskind has a battle of wits with him and then speaks highly of him. With every mention of him I began thinking I have to learn more about this guy, and I am glad I did because this is one of the most dynamic and interesting lives nicely told first person... at least in the world of physics that I know.
Just a wonderful character. Definitely a must read if you're constantly coming to the physics part of the science & technology category.
Industrial Engineer, Application Architect, Value Investor, Health Nut, Father, Amateur everything else.
Having worked with PhD's and other smart people without being one myself, Richards words resonated with me about how seldom people really discuss the core issues of problems and rather look at what constitutes a socially/politically acceptable solution. Real problem solving is a skill available to people almost irrespective of discipline. Richard discusses all this and more in a friendly, personal way that reflects the frustration many of us feel dealing with beaurocracies, large projects and implacable organizations. His words will remain a breath of fresh air to those of thus that experience the curse of Casandra.
The book left me with a deep regret that I was not able to meet Richard or to have been taught by him. In a sense, I guess now I have been. Thank you Richard! BTW, If you hear or read these words whatever plane you inhabit now, you must feel a real idiot :). There is no imperical evidence, nor can there be for life after death.
I loved this book .. us common people share the same problems as Nobel Laureates who are, as his book demonstrates, one of us (not so common), common people.
Anyone who is of an engineer mind will love this book. A great narration to a great life, with a great mind.
The depiction of focusing on straight forward reality in a world much more complex social system. As a side story, I liked how the depiction of lead of the Rogers Commission, William Rogers, evolved. As a computer software engineer, I especially liked seeing the insight into other engineers worlds when trying to solve problems and deal with politics. This book made me recognize why the term software engineer belongs with other engineering disciplines.
Always think critically is a theme throughout the entire book.
Richard Feynman's quirkiness and inquisitive nature is wonderful. I loved hearing about his boyhood and his experiences with his father. It has given me ideas for raising my own child while introducing him to the world of science in nature. Most of the book seemed to revolve around his involvement in the Challenger accident which was great for me as I am a big NASA enthusiast.
No. I am not sure if I understand the obsession with Feynman. If anything, I found his anecdotes rambling and pseudo-intellectual. Dry wit without the wit, really. I know Mr. Feynman has a rabid fanbase - so I thought I'd give this a try, and see what all the obsession was about. I still don't get it. His rants aren't that deep, and are a little trite if anything. Ok, he learned look at things a little different. Fantastic. Yes, he had a fascinating and dynamic life. Yes, he was an exceedingly smart fellow. But interesting? Only insofar as "wow, you'd expect a scientist to be really boring!" and with a bar that low, these stories at least exceed that.I listen on my long 3 hour commute twice a week. I couldn't keep this on for the first hour.
Maybe if you're already a rabid fan of Feynman, this book is for you. If not, venture onwards, and skip this one.
The narration was fine.
Confusion, mainly, as to how people find Feynman so interesting.
This is the second Feynman book I have enjoyed in Audio. He is a delightful man, the narration is good, the subject material intersting. I recommend his books as a good relief to the thrillers and crime stories I am usually ordering.
Intellectual rambling. The begining of the book was interesting and told the story of his life growing up, then it seemed to jump from antidote to antidote and then letters to his family with out any connection or even date order to them. Could not finish, glad I paid 5 bucks on sale for it.
I am a great Richard Feynman fan, and was pleased to be able to download the audio version of this book. I love his stories, and his attitude. I did get a bit lost and lost concentration during some of the more technical descriptive parts - but overall - a brilliant book
"Another Great Feynman Outing"
I enjoyed this very much - it's not quite as funny as 'Surely You Must Be Joking, Mr Feynman', but it's very moving when dealing with his first wife. The Challenger enquiry chapter is fascinating. Well worth a listen if you liked the first book.
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