I noticed that someone mentioned that this book is more fiction than fact and also another about how unbelievable the story was.
During the 1970's I wo...moreI noticed that someone mentioned that this book is more fiction than fact and also another about how unbelievable the story was.
During the 1970's I worked at an adult home where we had a female patient who held a doctorate degree. One day you could talk to her and she was marvelously funny an remembered everything you talked with her on previous conversations. The other twenty days she was a different character from the book "Anne Frank." She also mimicked the activities of guards that may of happened when they busted the house in which Anne lived.
On about the twentieth day I would be able to talk to the doctors real ego. I was always amazed and saddened to find someone else inside the next day. On the last day of her life I found her dying alone in her room ruptured internally by a quart coke bottle that broke insider her and then repeatedly ruptured her internals.
I have not recovered from this event which carries with it other horrid events that occurred on this day.
This disease is no joke and probably the least understood till this day. I read Sybill four years before the event with my Dr. friend - by her existence am even more amazed about how little we will ever understand about the human psych.
Similar strange events caused by brain damage is covered in the book ---American Wop: Beaver Buffalo Buttons Brass Boxing and Beer: That's why you're here!
I found myself unable to make fair judgement about: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character. One day I gave it three star...moreI found myself unable to make fair judgement about: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character. One day I gave it three stars and another five. I should think that it certainly deserves five stars in that it is one of the few books that delve into the mind of a genius and gives some idea to their thought process's. My desire to write a review of this book are threefold:
I was stationed in Orlando Florida and it was mandatory that we watch the liftoff's.
After the Challenger shuttle disaster I worked for a woman who did quality assurance for repairs on US Polaris ballistic missile systems who worked with the same seals that failed on the shuttle disaster. Long before the results were published by the investigation team she met Mr. Feynman on a flight to duty stations. In their exchange he asked her what she thought was the problem and told him without a doubt it was the seals.
Reagan the president at the time this disaster had exerted pressure to launch the Challenger in the overly cold weather. I also watched the media's involvement and unneeded sensationalism about the delays that undoubtedly provoked a too hasty decision to launch. I have read many management studies attributing this debacle as a legacy of the decision making process called Groupthink. As this can only be so and knowledge of the affects of cold on the seals was widely know in professional circles and also at NASA it must be surmised that we have a warped decision making system in place in our government.
The lightness that Feynman's stories give to the seriousness of his academic career must only be surmised as a way of dealing with his knowledge of how many problems the Earth is facing in part due to our faulty decision making. It was driven home after watching a video about his life where I was almost brought to tears... The must see video is The Quest For Tannu Tuva which seemed to be more widely shown in the UK than in the US.