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What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character | [Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton]

What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Richard Feynman is somewhat of a superstar at Audible. We have a wealth of material from him, and he's popular with both our technical and editorial staff. He's one of the first scientists to popularize subjects one thinks of as difficult, like physics. This is significant because since Feynman's death, introducing science to the layman has been a torch taken up most admirably by Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene. Feynman's final autobiographical collection contains pieces that are by turns touching and tragic, and not to be missed.

Publisher's Summary

One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. What Do You Care What Other People Think? is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.

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.

©1988 Gweneth Feynman and Ralph Leighton; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Feynman's voice echoes raw and direct.' (The New York Times Book Review)

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    david chesapeake, VA, United States 11-29-09
    david chesapeake, VA, United States 11-29-09 Member Since 2009

    A fellow listener inclined to share my opinion on these productions. Maybe even inspire someone toward a powerful, or educational audiobook!

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    "Richard The Fine Man"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 02-16-07
    Ashley 02-16-07 Member Since 2005

    Industrial Engineer, Application Architect, Value Investor, Health Nut, Father, Amateur everything else.

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    "Stupid, smart people"

    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.

    38 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Providence, NJ, United States 11-13-13
    Michael New Providence, NJ, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A must read for any Engineer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who is of an engineer mind will love this book. A great narration to a great life, with a great mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Always think critically is a theme throughout the entire book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy LITTLETON, CO, United States 02-28-13
    Timothy LITTLETON, CO, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining 'read'"
    What made the experience of listening to What Do You Care What Other People Think? the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Judy Riverside, US, Canada 10-29-09
    Judy Riverside, US, Canada 10-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Feynman Fan"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 09-17-12
    tcp100 Flemington, NJ United States 09-17-12 Listener Since 2008

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    "Cult of Personality Members Only."
    Would you try another book from Richard P. Feynman and Ralph Leighton and/or Raymond Todd?

    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.


    What aspect of Raymond Todd???s performance would you have changed?

    The narration was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion, mainly, as to how people find Feynman so interesting.


    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 06-20-09
    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 06-20-09 Member Since 2003
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    "dis-jointed"

    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.

    1 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    "Brilliant man"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "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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