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5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliant Feynman, 22 Sep 2003
This review is from: What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 26 Jul 2009 13:50:23 BDT
Yellow Duck says:
. . . but the Rogers commission and the history of MSFC make it clear that NASA, Thiokol and Marshall ALL knew what had gone wrong, but wouldn't admit it . . . something to do with admitting liability, I suppose! The "O" ring specialist team predicted that Challenger was the archetypal accident waiting to happen . . but were ignored as well as being underfunded. You can also view Feynman's Appendix to the Rogers commission report. Go to this via the entry for Richard Feynman on Wilkepedia. See Chapter 9 of the MSFC history, which you can download free or pay about $200 for from a well known on-line bookseller.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2012 14:33:11 GMT
Andrew Kerr says:
Interesting point. Will look up Feynman's Appendix to the report. Sorry for delay in replying - hadn't noticed your comment before now!
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