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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Audiobook

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Joe LaFleur 04-22-17
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    "The story of an extraordinary life"

    I highly recommend this story of the extraordinary life of Dr Feynman. The insights he shares and his unique view on the world will help you look at life in a slightly new and more enjoyable way.

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    Anonymous 04-21-17
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    "you gotta love Mr. Feynman"

    it's a fun book that is surprisingly easy to sink into, overall great book about a great man.

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    Masande 04-10-17
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    "A book to binge on"

    The narrator does a phenomenal job in creating if not accurate, humourous mental images of the characters in feynman's story. This puts the cherry on top on a already entertaining and informative book

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    Robert 04-04-17
    Robert 04-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't fool yourself."

    "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool."

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    John 04-02-17
    John 04-02-17
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    "The book: A priceless set of experiences to have"

    Discovering Feynman' s love for physics, truth and life ( as a game ) truly makes you inherit this love. The narrator manages to match his voice with Feynman' s character and tone, so that listening to him must be similar to listening to the scientist himself.

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    JComeens 03-31-17
    JComeens 03-31-17
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    "Why did I wait so long to read this book?"

    Narration was perfect, and the story of Mr Feynman is a story well worth experiencing. My only downside to this book is that I waited too long to read it.

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    MrRedBeard 03-23-17
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    "A fascinating view into a brilliant man's life"

    This was a fun book to listen. I imagine Feynman was very likable and had an infectious personality. Great to have perspectives on both sides of the lab vs the life.

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    "An excellent book about the man"

    Very well read. Almost as good as if Richard Feynman had recorded the book himself.

    Reading this book will give you insight into the way Feynman viewed the world, which is his greatest strength and why he was able to do the things he did.

    Truly, a great man.

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    Eclectic one 03-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "some great lessons to learn about life and human n"

    I loved the audio book and have just ordered the paperback. The last chapters are the most important, though all are interesting.

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    Val 03-09-17
    Val 03-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, well read"

    This book is fantastic. It took me a few chapters to warm up to the reader, but after that I thought he did a really good job. Just the voice I would expect from Richard Feynman.

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