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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713998474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713998474
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Feynman was, until his death in 1988, the most famous physicist in the world. Only an infinitesimal part of the general population could understand his mathematical physics, but his outgoing and sunny personality, his gift for exposition, his habit of playing the bongo drums, and his testimony to the Presidential Commission on the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster turned him into a celebrity.

Freeman Dyson, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, called him 'the most original mind of his generation', while in its obituary The New York Times described him as 'arguably the most brilliant, iconoclastic and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists'.

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Richard P. Feynman (1918-88) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers. In 1965 he won the Nobel Prize for his work in quantum electrodynamics. Books by Feynman in Penguin include Six Easy Pieces, Six Not-So-Easy-Pieces and the bestselling The Meaning of It All.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mint imperials on 22 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
Anyone who has ever read any Feynman before will know to expect his letters to be filled with humour, wit, genius and above all a passion for what he did, and they will not be disappointed! Although being Feynman the theme of the book never strays too far from science, being a collaboration of letters to everyone and anyone from personal correspondence with family and friends, to letters to journalists, colleagues and devoted fans, this book I think gives more of a picture of what Feynman was really like in what he thought about many different topics and his approach to difficult decisions and situations. I revelled in the chapter about his Nobel Prize - hearing about the modesty and anti-honours attitude of such a genius was humbling to say the least. Along with the usual stories of safe - cracking for fun, playing the bongos and generally being a down to earth yet amazing person, as with anything Feynman, this book is utterly inspiring and impossibly hard to put down.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2005
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A must for Feynman fans!
An excellent book despite its appearance! It is fascinating to watch the development of R.P.F.s personality and confidence (compare his early letters to his 1st wife with his letters to his last). Having said that there are two letters to Arline (1st wife)that brought tears to this reviewers eye.
It is also an insight into the sort of demands on a famous scientist, with many and varying people and organisations wanting your opinion and approval / sanction. The letters after his receiving the Nobel prize are worth the price of the book alone.
Although the corespondence has been edited by his daughter it doesn't always strive to put R.P.F. in a good light.(But letters from his other amours are missing.)
Altogether a really enjoyable read and has altered my perception of R.P.F. (in his favour!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Erik Norgaard on 17 Feb 2007
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This book is not as amusing as the "Surely you're joking" books. The book is a collection of letters and provides a good complement to the other books as they tell Mr. Feynman's thoughts in the moment and not in retrospect.

One amusing coincidence is that Mr. Feynman wrote from Greece about an ancient machine that nobody knew what was. It is known as the Antikythera Mechanism, and the mystery was solved the same week as I read that letter. It is an astronomical clock.
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A collection of letters, essays and writings that are more domestic and personal characterwiise than his scientific adventures.
I bought it because I needed to get a present for a friend who needed some thinking doing.
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