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

'What Do You Care What Other People Think?': Further Adventures of a Curious Character [Kindle Edition]

Richard P. Feynman
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Feynman's voice echoes raw and direct through these pages.--James Gleick

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Richard Feynman - Nobel Laureate, teacher, icon and genius - possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled gift for telling the extraordinary stories of his life. In this collection of short pieces and reminiscences he describes everything from his love of beauty to college pranks to how his father taught him to think. He takes us behind the scenes of the space shuttle Challenger investigation, where he dramatically revealed the cause of the disaster with a simple experiment. And he tells us of how he met his beloved first wife Arlene, and their brief time together before her death. Sometimes intensely moving, sometimes funny, these writings are infused with Feynman's curiosity and passion for life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1587 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Sep 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9YHS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More facinating tidbits from Feynman 21 Jun 2000
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The anecdotes from Feynman are, as usual, witty and amusing. However, the second half of the book is taken with his involvement in the Challenger enquiry, and it is gripping stuff.
I highly recommend it, to scientists and laymen alike.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less substantial but still very welcome 8 Aug 2004
This book is billed as a second, and final, collection of reminiscences from one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers, the physicist / artist / philosopher / educator / genius, Richard Feynman. This is true; however, it is somewhat different in style to the unsurpassably brilliant "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman?" - surely one of the greatest books ever written - to which this is the sequel.
The first part of the book covers, not in chronological order, some important events from Feynman's life, particularly his early life, that were omitted from "Surely You're Joking". Most especially, it covers his meeting, marriage and subsequent death of his first wife, a tale which is no less moving for being told in his typically matter-of-fact manner.
Fully half the book is taken up with his account of his time spent on the Challenger space shuttle disaster review board, which shows that he was determined to go about accident investigation with exactly the same rigour and method that he applied to all of his pursuits.
If "Surely You're Joking" were a film, "What Do You Care" would be the bonus DVD of extras that came with it. To a certain extent, it's more of what we loved about "Surely You're Joking"; occasionally it throws the main narrative into a different light; sometimes it feels a trifle redundant. For example, why include Feynman's report on the Challenger disaster as an appendix to his own excellent and detailed account of his time working on the same, when it includes no new information? If this were indeed a DVD, it would be criticised for unnecessary reuse of material.
One welcome inclusion is a small collection of illustrations, some showing Feynman at various stages of his career but also some of his own drawings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The story of investigation of Challenger gives a good understanding of how does Washington work. All other events mentioned in the book look like piecies which did not fit into the first book "Surelly you are joking Mr Fenman", so the book lacks a "master story". However it does not matter. It is great anyway. WORTH READING.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliant Feynman 22 Sep 2003
If you've read 'Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!', you will love this book too. If you haven't, you could do worse than read this one first!
Richard Feynman was a fantastic scientist. So are lots of people on this world. What set Feynman apart was his lust for life, his childlike, unending enthusiasm for finding things out, and his infectious humour.
As well as getting a taste of Feynman's enthusiasm, you'll also get a real insight into the way NASA worked (works...?), because the second half of this book concentrates on Feynman's involvement in the investigation into the Challenger shuttle disaster. You'll also understand why his wife told him he'd have to get involved in the investigation, because if he didn't, nobody would ever find out what went wrong.
He was a unique and brilliant man, and if you read this, maybe - just maybe - some of that brilliance and enthusiasm will rub off on you too.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book 18 Jan 2005
The sequel to Surely You're Joking, Mr.Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character - this is a book of two parts.
The first part is essentially a continuation of the previous volume - more very entertaining anecdotes.
The second, and in many ways more interesting part, is about Feynman's role in the investigation of the Space Shuttle disaster.
This is a fascinating story - his meetings with NASA engineers and managers tell an interesting story about how management sends you mad and/or makes you stupid. For example, every manager he asked, even though they were all trained as engineers, said there was a zero chance of the shuttle failing catastrophically. Not a position Feynman had a lot of patience with.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feynman's last musings 10 Jun 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 500 REVIEWER
Richard Feynman is one of the most famous twentieth century Physicists. He is one of those rare scientists who have managed to go beyond the success in the narrow confines of his field of research and become a public celebrity. A big part of this success comes from his persona which combined incredible brilliance with the irreverent and down-to-earth attitude to most problems in life, be they "big" ones like working on the atomic bomb, or the everyday ones that almost all of us are familiar with. It's the latter ones and his quirky and unorthodox approach to them that made Feynman endearing to the general public.

His earlier book "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman" was a classic and an inspiration to generations of young scientists who were shown that you can have lots of fun while pursuing a life in science. I myself had read it in single sitting, and had completely been mesmerized by Feynman's wit and irreverent attitude. "What Do You Care What Other People Think" is a further collection of stories and anecdotes from his life. Some of these had been told by others over the years, but in this book they all come together in a single volume as told by Feynman himself. Some of the events and stories presented come from the last few years of his life, and it is hard not to feel the poignancy of the fact that these were some of his last thoughts on subjects and situations that he cared about.

Almost half of the book is dedicated to the investigation of the Challenger disaster. Feynman was on the presidential commission that investigated that disaster, and here we get a full insight into what had been going on during commission's session.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Feynmans life, loves and Challenger
Just feels like Mr Feynman is talking to you through his book. Clear, direct and a great little insight into a great man who did great work, especially busting open the Challenger... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking out of the box with Feynman
Richard Feynman was a brilliant science instructor, top-class teacher and humorous, witty, caring, character; this book shows all of that and much more.
Published 5 days ago by Ms. A. J. Airey
5.0 out of 5 stars you don't get books much more interesting than this
fab book. i loved it. The righting style often keeps a smile on your face and you don't get books much more interesting than this. what's more it's real stuff not fiction. Read more
Published 16 days ago by DEANVEGGY
4.0 out of 5 stars Messages from a great mind
Interesting but possibly too one-sided account about how Feynman operated during Shuttle disaster inquiry. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JohnM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
A Great book both moving and funny; thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Book arrived appropriately packaged and was within the time frame stated.
Published 6 months ago by D S Strange
5.0 out of 5 stars Physics and story of Richard Feynman.
Very engaging story. A man who brought physics to life for his students, and wasn't afraid to admit if he didn't know something.
Published 7 months ago by Grandma Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good present
Bought as a present for my dad as he had enjoyed a previous one. He is a scientist so I think that helped!
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i did not know Richard Feynman as an author, but had heard various people mention his name. When it finally came up for the last time as reference I could ignore it no longer and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would do anything to spend even 5 minutes with Feynman
A truly brilliant man. This book is a fantastic glimpse of what it would have been like knowing and being around Richard Feynman. Read more
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