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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Auteur(s): Richard P. Feynman
Narrateur(s): Raymond Todd
Durée: 11 h et 31 min
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With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. In addition to solving the mystery of liquid helium, Feynman has been commissioned to paint a naked female toreador and asked to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He has traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds with Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.
©1985 by Richard P. Feynman (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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"A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light." (Time)

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Curiosity unleashed

It is amazing what happens to the human spirit when it is not denied the curiosity it is born with. Feynman went wherever his mind took him. An intriguing man, a full life and story without parallel.

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a great narrative

Loved it. The narrator really played his role perfectly as if Mr. Feynman was speaking.

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great book

I loved the book, the narrator was slightly monotonous, took a few chapters to get used to.

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struggled to finish.

Found each chapter interesting to start with but the author went on and on repeating his point then in a lot of cases if he had trouble convincing people to his way of thinking he dropped it completely. No flow to the book at all. He jumped from one topic to another with no connection between them.

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Very Good

i thought this was going to be a science book, anf it was. However the storyline was very well done and manages to get away from the science a good amount a talk about other entertaining aspects of his life

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  • Forissier Josselin
  • 2019-09-23

Very interesting book

The story of this man of science is incredible.
The book is well written and open some new way of thinking.

A great book, and the audible version is well read.

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  • tonnic
  • 2019-01-22

Very fun and highly instructive

I enjoyed this book tremendously, far beyond my expectations. The author is both a great mind and a curious but maliciously irreverent character. On if my favorite reads of all time. Very good performance too by the reader, who seems to perfectly convey the author’s mischievousness.

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  • Thomas Leger
  • 2018-03-17

Absolutely awesome

Incredible and candid insights into the life an inner workings of a curious, extra-ordinary and truly great man.

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  • Brad Grimm
  • SANDY, UT, US
  • 2009-11-09

Hilarious and inspiring

I didn't know quite what to expect with this book. But I found Feynman's life to be quite inspiring, and hilarious every step of the way. I didn't know his name before, but he's an instant idol of mine.

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  • Citizen
  • 2015-02-17

Pleasant and amusing story about an eccentric

Feynman is probably one of the most charismatic physicists in history. This narrator captures his "voice" with delightful nuance.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 2011-10-31

Likeable, entertaining man!

The narration was perfection, and I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't the author himself narrating. It's a sort of stream-of-consciousness telling of the many events in his life that define his quirky curiosity and intelligence. Entertaining and humorous--loved it!

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  • Cher R. Eaves
  • 2007-10-07

Endearing

This book demonstrates that the most brilliant teacher of the 20th century was also a dear man. No lukewarm list of achievements, this spyglass peeks in on the daily life of genius as child through his extraordinary and colorful life.

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  • Ellen
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
  • 2004-02-17

What was Mr. Feynman like?

If you have any idea of the influence this scientist on the world of physics you should love hearing how he came up with his ideas. If you don't all the more reason to learn about this unique and fastinating man. I had a great deal of trouble with the tone of the narrator and found it distracting. I prefer a straight read without an attempt to mimic the speach of the author. This is subjective, but you might want to check it out to see if you would prefer to read than listen to this fastinating book. A look into the thought processes of a genius. Check it out!

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  • Andrew
  • London, N/A, United Kingdom
  • 2003-06-27

A wonderful book...

I'd heard of this guy but had never got around to actually reading any of his books. This is a great way to get to know Mr Feynman without getting into physics, maths, etc. The narrator does an amazing job. By far the best book I have read/listened in a long time. And yes, I did laugh out loud in public a couple of times.

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  • Steven Petersen
  • Portland, OR United States
  • 2006-08-19

My favorite audio book

I love this book - I'm actually listening to it for the second time, which I almost never do. I think the narrator takes the perfect tone for the material, and I found Feynman's stories to be fascinating and quite amusing - especially the parts about Los Alamos. I don't read or listen to many autobiographies, but by the end of this one I found myself regretting that I never met him.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 2015-04-19

He was curious, was a risk-taker. He was a genius.

I've been circling this book, 'The Feynman Lectures on Physics', and Gleck's 'Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman' for awhile. This one seemed the most fun and easiest place to start. I was driving from Taos/Santa Fe back to Phoenix last week and as I drove past Los Alamos, it was just the particle collision in my brain I needed to start on Feynman.

Often, memoirs are hard to read because you know a bunch of it is façade. A person is showing you a part of them for a purpose. They want to be viewed as smart, important, funny, etc. They carefully guide you through a Potemkin village of their life. Richard Feynman's memoir is different. Not that I don't think Feynman had an ego. He might have even had an agenda with the book. But, for the most part, he seemed much more interested in the stories he wanted to tell, rather than on how they would make him look. He wasn't all that worried about how he looked so much. His entire life was built around doing what he wanted, exploring what he found interesting, violating taboos, beating his own drums and cutting his own path.

He was a Nobel-prize winning polymath physicist whose other talents included playing drums, teaching, drawing naked girls, picking locks, making atomic bombs, practical jokes, and telling stories. He wasn't interested in the usual trappings of success. Many of those things annoyed him. He was curious. He was a risk-taker. He was a genius.

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  • S. Blaine
  • 2003-03-03

Well Worth the Read

If you don't openly smile while listening to this book (particularly the first 60% of it) then you've passed on. A physicist with a sense of humor should not be missed.

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  • Charles Floading
  • Brown Deer, WI United States
  • 2007-10-16

Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader.

It's a testament to Feynman's interesting life and perspective that I was able to sit through a reading by what I consider the absolute worst reader ever. Listen to a sample of this one before buying it. The reader uses the same limited cadence and inflection for everything! From a funny story about a cocktail party to a death in the family, the reader's delivery is static. To make things worse, he reads everything with what sounds to me like a haughty, almost concieted tone. Feynman was well known for his self confidence, but not for arrogance.

As for the content of the book, only a small percentage is directly related to physics. This book has more insights on how to live life than anything.

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