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Leighton: Tuva or Bust - Richard Feynamn'S Last Journey Hardcover – 18 Jun 1991

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. (18 Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393029530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393029536
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 14.7 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Feynman, brilliant physicist and inspirational teacher, wasn't much for coats and ties. He lived a life that the adjective "bohemian" doesn't begin to cover, scripting percussion scores for avant-garde ballet troupes, musing over life's imponderables, and delighting and annoying his many friends with odd-duck questions--all the while teaching generations of students at CalTech.

Always adventurous, Feynman was also a careful planner, recounts his friend and fellow drummer Ralph Leighton in this affectionate memoir. When a chance remark happened to dislodge a long-dormant memory of a faraway Siberian land called Tannu-Tuva, Feynman and Leighton set about scheming to get there--a programme that included learning the little-described Tuvan language, picking up the rudiments of throat singing, and reading the scattered, hard-to-find literature concerning a place that, in Feynman's fond view, was as close to paradise as the earth contained. It also involved corresponding with scholars in what was still the Soviet Union, wrangling with bureaucrats to secure the necessary papers--and all for the sake of seeing a country that had to be interesting, Feynman insisted, just because its capital, Kyzyl, had such an odd spelling.

These picaresque armchair adventures make up the bulk of Tuva or Bust, an unconventional mix of travelogue and scientific biography that's a pleasure to read at every turn. The book yields a memorable picture of Richard Feynman--who did not live to see Tuva, but whose memory is honoured there today, thanks to Leighton's refusal to abandon their shared dream. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ralph Leighton, Richard Feynman's great friend and collaborator, now lives in northern California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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