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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
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Oct 26, 08

Recommended to Josh by: The Dancing Wu Li Masters
Recommended for: Wanna be science nerds (but not actual ones)
Read in July, 2002, read count: 1

The one word that comes to mind when I think of this book is 'refreshing'. Feynman is regarded as one of the great minds in physics who helped develop the atomic bomb. Without knowing more than that you might expect that reading a collection of his memoirs would be about as entertaining as watching a documentary with subtitles. As an engineer I've read my fair share of publications written by physicists and/or mathematicians. In each case, the subject matter is dry and void of personality. If there is humor it's of the Dennis Miller variety where sometimes the effort it takes to understand the joke negates the reward you get in laughing at it. Feynman, on the other hand, has none of these problems. He writes about the same sorts of experiences that mold just about every person such as his first experience with a girl to his attempts at achieving altered states of reality. It's entertaining to read about a man that uses the scientific method to get laid. If you agree...read this book.
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