Don't You Have Time To Think
Finding out about someone by reading their correspondence is a fundamentally different thing than reading their biography. Letters offer both more intimacy with the subject and at the same time a crucial distance--the exact distance the letter-writer intended from the people to whom he was writing. In Perfectly Reas...more
Sure, there are lapses - he is...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
Anyone considering reading this book should first read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious C...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
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
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
Su hija Michel...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
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
It seems that the influence of your teacher has been to give you a false idea of what are the worthwhile problems. The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. A problem is grand in science if it lies before us unsolved and we see some way for us to make a little headway into it.
In a letter to Mark Minguillon, 23 April 1976:
Don't pay attention to "authorities," think for yourself.
Inspiring. A very modest man, who possessed a mischievous sense of humour and an insatiable appetite for learning. If only all Nobel prize winners were able to communicate as superbly as, and on as many different levels as RPF!
Published in hardcover by Basic Books.
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!
It also reflects his life and how he carried himself with the people around him.
Richard Feynman had many admirable qualities. Among other things he was super brilliant and he lov...more