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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) Paperback – April 17, 1997

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A series of anecdotes shouldn't by rights add up to an autobiography, but that's just one of the many
pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in his
engagingly eccentric book, a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985. Fiercely independent (read the
chapter entitled "Judging Books by Their Covers"), intolerant of stupidity even when it comes packaged as high
intellectualism (check out "Is Electricity Fire?"), unafraid to offend (see "You Just Ask Them?"), Feynman informs by
entertaining. It's possible to enjoy Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the
smart-alecky author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realize that underneath all the
merriment simmers a running commentary on what constitutes authentic knowledge: learning by understanding, not by rote;
refusal to give up on seemingly insoluble problems; and total disrespect for fancy ideas that have no grounding in the
real world. Feynman himself had all these qualities in spades, and they come through with vigor and verve in his no-bull
prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. --Wendy Smith

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“A storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain. He proves once again that it is possible to laugh out loud
and scratch your head at the same time.”
- New York Times Book Review

“Quintessential Feynman―funny, brilliant, bawdy . . . enormously entertaining.”
- The New Yorker

“Buzzes with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist.”
- Science Digest

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