Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: Letters of Richard P. Feynman
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Our love affair (read: my infatuation with you) started blooming years ago when I happened upon your lectures. Your wit, charm and intelligence was the triple combination that wooed me into bewilderment. For years I devoured anything I could find about you. I swooned over tales of your bongo skills. Your grace and humility when accepting the Nobel made my heart flutter. So when I came across your letters nothing could keep me from them. It has been a rare joy the past ...more
Sure, there are lapses - he is ...more
The part with his letters to his wife are extremely beauitful, and there is in particular one I'd like to share. Arline Feynman, the love of Richard's life, died of tuberculosis on the 11th of June 1945. Roughly one year and a half later Richard wrote a letter to her, and sealed it. It was opened after his death in 1988. Here it is:
October 1 ...more
I started browsing in these a few nights ago, on the theory of "I'd just read a few". A few hours later, I realized three things. First, I was utterly absorbed. Second, Feynman had a wonderfully clever and crisp prose style. Third, he was impressively thoughtful, sen ...more
About a comment he made in the early '60s about the minds of women, he received loads of letters calling him sexist, an idiot, etc. When, in the more enlightened times of 1987, he was asked permission to reprint t ...more
Anyone considering reading this book should first read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious C ...more
However, there are certainly gems to be found, some of them very fine, others more like nice shells you find on a beach and then hang ont ...more
His willingness and excitement to communicate the most complex of proble ...more
Personal correspondences were very revealing. I don't think there's anything else that provides a clearer window into his principles and values. The letters covered less science topics than I would've hoped and sometimes the book felt long but there's a lot of honest humanity expressed.
Some that I marked:
p.36-39 - letter to wife about rest bed complicat ...more
what he did
which religion he professed
but i heard the man talk
and i was fascinated ever since!
i still remember his old face creased with lines
speaking of which
surely came by his constant excited expressions!
He obviously loved what he did
and moreover LOVED sharing it!
His excitement was Contagious!
Su hija Michel...more
I enjoyed Feynman's attitudes toward science: the ultimate 'truth' of which lies in experimentation, and life: find something you love doing, and do what you love.
I find myself wondering about our future. No one writes letters like this anymore. There won't be books like this in our future.
Some comments throughout - a letter from a guy comments that he didn't think muc ...more
I knew Feynman a little later when I frequently visited the library in the Physics department in the University in Oslo in which I was majoring Informatics. I still wanted t ...more
page 405 RPF to John Young December 8, 1986 On the Challenger accident.
"I was particularly impressed by the careful analysis exhibition in the testimony of Mr Hartsfield, yourself and the other astronauts during one of our public meetings. It seemed that you were the only people thinking about the future, and the causes of things in a clear way. It soon became ...more
The first instance was early in the book, when we are given insight into Richard Feynman's relationship with his first wife, Arlene, who for the adult part of their relationship was suffering from an, ultimately, fatal case of Tuberculosis. The letters to his wife were extremely touching, and outlined the great tragedy of it all.
The second instance was while I read the last pair ...more
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations is a must-read for admirers of the celebrated physicist. The Manhattan Project-era letters are understandably sparse in their scientific content (thanks to wartime censors) and focus mainly on his terminally ill first wife. These letters suggest how Feynman masked his pain with his jokester image. (He makes no mention of his brief, unsuccessful second marriage.) The letters are mostly non-technical and are readily accessible to anyone with even a passing interest...more