October 13, 2015 · book

Book of the Week - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Seriously You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

If Richard Feynman were alive today, Dos Equis would use him as the Most Interesting Man in the World. Dr. Feynman did it all. He won the Nobel Prize, worked on the atomic bomb, cracked safes, painted naked women, and investigation of the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. In his book Surely' You're Joking, Mr. Feynamn!, he gives us the blueprint to live the life we want. You'll be upset that you hadn't met him earlier in your life.

Here is the book's description:

Richard Feynman (1918-1988), winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; painting a naked female toreador - and much else of an eyebrow-raising nature. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric glory - a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

Favorite quotes:

"You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing."

"Ordinary fools are all right; you can talk to them, and try to help them out. But pompous fools - guys who are fools and are covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus - THAT, I CANNOT STAND!

One of my favorite YouTube videos is of Richard Feynamn talking about how fun it is to imagine. He has a different way of thinking than most people, and it's refreshing:

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