Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)

By Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton, Edward Hutchings

A New York Times bestseller―the outrageous exploits of 1 of this century's maximum clinical minds and a mythical American original.

Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. right here he recounts in his inimitable voice his event buying and selling principles on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on playing with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the main deeply held nuclear secrets and techniques; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; portray a unadorned girl toreador. in brief, this is Feynman's existence in all its eccentric―a flamable mix of excessive intelligence, limitless interest, and raging chutzpah.

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