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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141030887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141030883
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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Feynman's voice echoes raw and direct through these pages.--James Gleick

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'There were, it was said, only two ways of solving difficult problems in physics. One was to use mathematics; the other was to ask Feynman'
JOHN NAUGHTON, 'Observer'

Richard P. Feynman, who died in 1988, was indeed a curious character – irreverently funny, sometimes humble, sometimes shamelessly immodest, often profound, but always brilliantly and brimming with an infectios enthusiasm for finding things out.

'What Do You care What Other People Think'
is an engaging collection of stories, memories and letters from the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, accomplished bongo-player and artist, and includes 'Mr Feynman goes to Washington', an account of the vital role he played in the investigation into the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.

'For Feynman, life in general and physics in particular were a hugely exciting game, played with boundless energy and panache'
PAUL DAVIES, 'Guardian'

'There were, it was said, only two ways of solving difficult problems in physics. One was to use mathematics; the other was to ask Feynman'
JOHN NAUGHTON, 'Observer'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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By Andrew Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2003
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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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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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"Surely you're joking..." has a sobering undercurrent, though each anecdote (which it is for the most part) exudes the infectious joy of a mind that thought differently. When I first read "What do you care...", it felt like that joyful mind had been suffocated by committee and minds more ordinary. Not as light or infectious as "Surely...", but perhaps the more significant book in terms of the insight into the concept of risk, it's uses and abuses, and also how objective understanding is controlled and manipulated for political (note the small p) ends.
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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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More superb stories about this one of a kind guy. A substantial section of the book is devoted to his work on the space shuttle disaster which gives an insight into how bureaucracy and politics can lead to such a thing.
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This book is centered around specific events in his life and needs to be read with companion bio's. Having said that, this is an excellent read on its own account. Every now and then a 'special' person is set amongst us and RPF is one of those. A brilliant mind but not one that has lost common sense and the ability to communicate with the ordinary person - especially those who show the same values of honesty and genuineness. I first came accross RPF in a recent TV documentary about the ill fated Challenger mission and the subsequent enquiry. RPF showed and single minded devotion to get to the truth when others around were over influenced by politics and self interest.
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