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What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

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One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. What Do You Care What Other People Think? is Feynmans last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.
Among the books many tales, we meet Feynmans first wife,
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Published December 15th 2008 by Findaway World (first published 1988)
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Sarah The title is a quotation, Feynman's wife from New Jersey said it to him. She was goading him to get on with his life and stop worrying. I think it was…moreThe title is a quotation, Feynman's wife from New Jersey said it to him. She was goading him to get on with his life and stop worrying. I think it was meant as "Whadda YOU care what other people think (about you)!" I think that Feynaman might have liked the slight enigma, however, of your other interpretation.(less)
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Manny
We were having a discussion about safety at NASA in another thread and I thought of this book, about half of which consists of an account of Feynman's role in the investigation following the Challenger disaster. One of the other reviewers complained that this section was too long, but I found it completely fascinating.

Feynman was always very good at asking tough questions and at describing things as they are, not as they are supposed to be. The most famous bit is where he's at the press conferen
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Lotz
May 08, 2015 Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a conversation with a coworker a couple days ago about whether leadership can be taught. Can you make somebody into a great leader? If so, then why are so many people bad at leading? I really have no idea. But what I am far more certain about is whether there are natural born leaders; I’m sure there are, and I’m sure Feynman was one of them.

Something about Feynman’s voice, about his way of seeing and thinking about the world, makes me respond quite automatically. I stop being skeptical; I’
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Lori
Somehow I came across Richard Feynman in the spring of 2012. I wish I had come across him sooner. I was not quite sure how to pronounce his last name so I asked my husband if he had ever heard of Richard "Feman" and he responded "Feynman?" At that time I knew very little about Richard Feynman and wished I had talked about him more with my husband. My husband passed away in June of 2012 and he had very much in common with Richard Feynman. In fact, my husband reminded me so much of him! So when I ...more
Sabbir Ahmed
রিচারড ফাইনমযান কিভাবে একজন নামকরা বিজঞানী হয়ে উঠলেন?
তিনি এর পেছনে তার বাবার অবদানের কথা সবীকার করেন। তিনি যখন ভূমিষঠও হননি তখন তার বাবা তার মাকে বলেছিল, যদি ছেলে হয় তবে সে হবে একজন বিজঞানী (ফাইনমযানের বোনও কিনতু একজন পদারথবিদ তবে একষেতরে তার বিখযাত ভাইয়ের অবদান বেশী)।
তিনি যখন একেবারে ছোট তখন তার পিতা তার সাথে বাথরুমের টাইলস দিয়ে ডমিনো খেলতেন। ডমিনোগুলোকে তিনি ছোট ফাইনমযানকে এভাবে সাজাতে দিতেন, দুইটি সাদা এরপর একটি নীল, আবার দুইটি সাদা তারপর আরেকটি নীল। তার মা এসব দেখে বলত, leave the poor child
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J.
I was enthusiastic about reading this after reading "Surely you're joking Mr. Feynman?". The book is divided into two parts "A Curious Character" which deals with the people who influenced Feynman the most; his father and his wife Arline. Arline and Richard were perfect for each other alas their relationship was bitter sweet. Arline succumbed to tuberculosis and passed away at the age of twenty five. It's not all sad though Arline very much enjoyed seeing Richard succeed but made sure he stayed ...more
Sarah
Apr 15, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is five star because of one particular essay, called 'The Value of Science' In that essay, Feynman conveys his sense of wonder with the natural world and likens that sense of awe and mystery with religious experience - one few people not educated in science have the priviledge to encounter. He also emplasises something I believe, but have never seen written about explicitly before - that one huge contribution of science is the realisation that it's entirely possible to live your life and ma ...more
Troy
Sep 06, 2013 Troy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this a lot, especially the chapters about Feynman's experiences as a commissioner in the Challenger shuttle accident investigation. The last quote by Feynman at the very end stood out and struck me, as a sort of inter-ocular impact:

"It is our responsibility as scientists, knowing the great progress which comes from a satifactory philosophy of ignorance, the great progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought, to proclaim the value of this freedom; to teach how doubt is not to be fear
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Manab
May 21, 2016 Manab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
অনেকের কাছে নাকী ফাইনমযানরে আতমমভরী মনে হইছে। আমার কাছে ফাইনমযানরে একজন চমৎকার খেলুড়ে মনে হয়। কথা নিয়ে, সমৃতি নিয়ে, এমন কী দুঃখের সমৃতি, কে জানে, হয়ত পদারথবিদযা নিয়েও!

যোগযতার অভাবহেতু বিশববিদযালয়ে পদারথবিজঞানে না পড়া হইলেও ফাইনমযানের আকরষণ আমার কাছে কমছে বলে মনে হইলো না, এই বই পড়ে।
বইয়ের শেষ অরদধেকের গোয়েনদা গলপ যেটা, সেটা রোমহরষক না হলেও গুরূতবপূরণ। ভদরলোকের যবনিকাপতনটাও ভালো। জানি, বিজঞান ধুয়ে দেয়ার পাতরপাতরীরা আছেন। তবুও। যবনিকাপাতের কথাগুলিরে অনেকের কাছে আবার <সবতঃসিদধ কথা আবার বলার কী দরক
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Kim
Mar 27, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really difficult to review this without comparing it to "Surely You're Joking", which is a shame since this book is pretty good all on its own, but is a bit scattershot (which it admits right at the beginning), and about half of it covers the Challenger explosion in more details than I really cared about. For the Feynman completist or NASA disaster junkie this will be really interesting, for the average reader probably not.

However the first essay, about how parents can instill a love of learning
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Pooja
Apr 18, 2016 Pooja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Feynman, a brilliant physicist, an enthusiastic learner, and a down-to-earth person. Backed up by his book "Surely you're joking Mr Feynman", his love for science, his personality, are enhanced through this book. A curious man, always trying to reason out things and to finding why things are the way they're. An enigmatic person who found beauty in simple things, always restless being idle.

Most of the book covers on his role in the commission to understand the failure of NASA's Challenger
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Honest Dave
Oct 14, 2012 Honest Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of stories told by the Nobel laureate, Richard Feynman. The first half of the book is largely focused on several of Feynman's early influences, particularly his first wife, Arlene. A few of these stories are light, but a lot are emotionally heavy as Feynman recounts how he and Arlene dealt with her battle with tuberculosis. Even in such a trying situation, Richard and Arlene's positive and pragmatic personalities shine through and inspire.

The second half of the book con
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Bojan Tunguz
Jun 10, 2011 Bojan Tunguz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Feynman is one of the most famous twentieth century Physicists. He is one of those rare scientists who have managed to go beyond the success in the narrow confines of his field of research and become a public celebrity. A big part of this success comes from his persona which combined incredible brilliance with the irreverent and down-to-earth attitude to most problems in life, be they "big" ones like working on the atomic bomb, or the everyday ones that almost all of us are familiar with ...more
Mike
Feb 21, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
More by the Laughing Physicist. (Okay, I suspect no one ever coined that phrase about Feynman, but they could have!)

Why did I give this one a four stars instead of five like the first volume? It wasn't because the book is any less entertaining, that's for certain. Simply put, the first volume/book had such an impact when I read it that I just had to put it at five stars. Had I read them in reverse order then this is the volume that would be scored a five. (That's symmetry for you - a topic cover
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Bee
Feb 04, 2015 Bee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Wonderful anecdotes from a brilliant mind "


A mixed bag of fascinating stories that fill in any of the gaps from Fyenman's life that weren't covered in Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman. Insightful and touching. Albeit very scattered and not particularly chronological
Menglong Youk
"What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is another series of adventures of a legendary physicist Richard P. Feynman, a sequel to "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman". This time, we witness his teenage and adult life, and his early relationship with his father and wife, which didn't show much in the first book. Furthermore, we take a closer look at the details of his experience working with NASA on a committee to investigate the space shuttle disaster in 1986.

Personally, I think the first part
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Gabrielle
As a physics major who's surrounded by physicists, Feynman wasn't a new name to me when I got this. In fact, my father had read it (I think when it came out...), one of my best friends had read his biography, my counterpart had read it. I'm surrounded by Feynman fans who'd probably turn into groupies, if he were alive.

So naturally I knew of him. I knew what he did. I studied his works (a little, especially the the path integral formulations).

But to be honest, we as students very rarely get to
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Kerem Cankocak
Mar 30, 2016 Kerem Cankocak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ralph Leighton tarafından derlenen Başkalarının Ne Düşündüğünden Sana Ne, Feynman’ın çok ilgi gören biyografisi "Eminim Şaka Yapıyorsunuz, Bay Feynman”ın devamı niteliğinde. Ancak Feynman bu kitapta çoğunlukla şaka yapmıyor. Ayrıca, bu kitapta konular, düzenliymiş havası vermek için kronolojik olarak sıralanmış olan "Eminim Şaka Yapıyorsunuz Bay Feynman"a göre birbirleriyle daha az ilgili.
Başkalarının Ne Düşündüğünden Sana Ne, Feynman'ın kişiliğini en çok biçimlendirenlerin etkilerini anlatarak
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Anshul Thakur
Sep 22, 2014 Anshul Thakur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘What do you care what other people think’ was what Feynman said to Arlene, his love, and his first wife whom, he married despite knowing that she had tuberculosis and would not survive more than a few years. He said it when she was studying philosophy, and he was helping her out, much before he became her fiance. It is also the same term that Arlene, a wild and free character that she was, used to tease Feynman when he was shy of doing something that he might have wanted to do, for himself or f ...more
Judy
Unlike 'The Meaning of It All,' this book sounds like Feynman - not pretentious, approachable, and appreciative of a wide range of subjects. He's known for being able to explain complex ideas in layman's' terms without resorting to technical terms or vague explanations. And that's the way science should be taught ... as ideas for which there is supporting evidence. Not as lists of facts and vocabulary words.

And yes, I did enjoy the second part of the book about Feynman's participation in the Com
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Chintogtokh
Jul 08, 2013 Chintogtokh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really lopsided book, compared to "Surely You're Joking".

That said, the story about his life with Arline was heartbreaking yet beautiful, the bit about the past-looking Greeks was strangely reminiscent of my own culture, and the letters written by his friends were absolutely wonderful.
Lubinka Dimitrova
To every man is given the key to Heaven. The same key opens the gates of Hell.
Jason Lim
Mar 02, 2016 Jason Lim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A journey into the mind of one of the most brilliant (and interesting) people of the 20th century. This book is worth reading for his insight into the Challenger accident (and his important role as a member of the Presidential Commission) alone; combined with his recounting of the people who have shaped his life, and his views on the value of science and it's relation to society, this is a great account of Feynman's legacy. If you'd like to learn more about this truly curious character, I'd star ...more
E. C. Koch
Oct 14, 2014 E. C. Koch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great memoir by the incomparable R. P. Feynman. He's funny, he's brilliant, and he has the rare gift of being able to explain the most complex ideas in the simplest way. His philosophy of life, love of science, and ability to say "I don't know" is inspirational, or it is to me at least. For all his accomplishments he seems to have no sense of superiority or egotism. Rather he's humble and genuine and just so damn funny. It's joie de vivre really. Anyway, I love his companion memoirs and ...more
Pongsak Sarapukdee
เลมนีจริงจังมากกวา Surely You're joking Mr.Feynman ทีอานจบไปกอนแลว เรียกวาเปนภาคตอกคงได หนังสือแบงเปนบทยอยทีไมไดเรียงตามชวงอายุเหมือนเลมแรก ชวงตนของหนังสือเลาถึงการใชชีวิตรวมกับอารลีนภรรยาคนแรกของเขา มีทังสุข เศรา ปนกัน ชวงหลังเปนการสืบสวนหาสาเหตุการระเบิดของกระสวยอวกาศชาเลนเจอร ดูเอาจริงเอาจังกับการทำงานมาก เราไดเหนแงมุมของการไมยอมลดละกับสิงทีไมเหนดวยของเขา แมคนอืนๆจะมองวาเปนแคเรืองเลกนอย เปนหนังสืออีกเลมทีสะทอนมุมมองอีกดานของ ดร.ฟายนแมน ทีเปนไปตามชือหนังสือ What do you care What other people t ...more
Katie
Oct 02, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why should you read this book? Because Richard P. Feynman won a Nobel Prize in physics and you haven’t, kiddo, that’s why. Ok, now we’ve got that out of the way and we can talk about Feynman’s ego, which will take the rest of this space, and possibly the rest of Goodreads’ bandwidth.

Actually, I really enjoyed Feynman’s memoir. The first part recalls his education as a scientist, mostly recalling his father, his first wife, and his school friends. This is highly recommended for anyone with the re
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Kathleen
Feynman was a great story teller, but not necessarily a great writer which is unfortunate. I could have loved this book--I did love this book--but the writing drew me out at points. For instance, the tense confusion irritates me sometimes while I read this book. Still, the stories are absolutely worth it.

The latter half of the book is given to Feynman's participation in the Challenger Investigation and it is truly fascinating. His style of investigating--asking very simple questions and pointin
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Danna
Feb 10, 2010 Danna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooray for serendipity! A random choice of audio-book for the daily commute has resulted in an exceptional experience. Definitely not necessary to have read the first book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character" though I'm going to look for that next. I highly recommend this to everyone, and found the audio version to be a special treat. I don't think I would have enjoyed it quite so much if I'd read it silently; it's meant to be a conversation, and lovely to exper ...more
mirela Darau
Jun 21, 2012 mirela Darau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the end of it, I find it one of the most curious books I ever read. It starts you up with Feynman's youth and bits of childhood - all very witty and humorous tales, so I was expecting it to continue this way (I love his colloquial way of writing and his straightforwardness in life!!).
But, no, there are some letters - in my first opinion - of nothing special, telling about how he missed there and there, and how he thought of the queen of Belgium (?) and who knows who :)
And then comes the Cha
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Charles
Jun 19, 2011 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how this ended up on my bookshelf at school, but I'm sure glad I picked it up on a whim. It was a quick read, and I learned very much.

I started with the second half -- Feynman's narrative of his investigation into the Challenger space shuttle explosion. Much to my relief, his explanation never got too technical for me. Having several good friends who work for NASA, I found myself relating to his anecdotes about the dangers of bureaucracy. I enjoyed the investigation, imagining Feynman
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Sriram
Apr 05, 2013 Sriram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Further adventures of a curious character. The book starts of with Feynman's relationship with his first wife. This part seems more like a typical love-story. Then it moves onto random events here and there in his life. Finally the most interesting stuff seems to be the part where Feynman goes to Washington investigating the Challenger space shuttle crash. Shows how a management which wants to just be sweet with other people may ruin the whole process. (view spoiler) ...more
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