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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 Feynman’s last literary legacy, which he prepared as he struggled with cancer. Among its many tales—some funny, others intensely moving—we meet Fey ...more
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Published February 14th 2011 by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (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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Roy Lotz
Apr 15, 2015 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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Darwin8u
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, 2018
"If we want to solve a problem that we have never solved before, we must leave the door to the unknown ajar."
- Richard Feynman, What Do You Care What Other People Think?

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An interesting book. Not as good as Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character, but it is still a gem. Part 1 of the book (A Curious Character) contains roughly 9 essays spanning Feynman's life. Some of the essays are expansions of stories and essays from other books. Part 2 (Mr. Feynman Goes to Washing
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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
Sarah
Apr 15, 2009 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
María Paz Greene F
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobio
BUENÍSIMO. Me gustó todavía más que el libro anterior, que aunque también es excelente, a veces se siente un poco fanfarrón. La forma de hablar del autor (aunque haya sido transcrito por otros) sigue siendo tan sencilla y genial... que dan ganas, dan ganas de seguir la propia pasión y hacer cosas.

Dan ganas de todo.

La primera parte de este libro es sencillamente ESPECTACULAR... la historia de su primera mujer, sus primeros intentos con la ciencia... es simplemente demasiado buena. Solo las cartas
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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
Joel
Once again, Feynman is touching, hilarious, frank, and insightful, all at once.

This book, like the one preceding it, Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman, is a transcription of recordings made by Feynman’s drumming partner, Ralph Leighton. I have spent quite a few late nights watching interviews of Feynman on YouTube, including the story about the brown throated thrush, and I could actually hear his voice in my head as I was reading it.

This book is not as linear as the first one, being more of a r
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Mohamed al-Jamri
هذا الكتاب هو عبارة عن مجموعة من القصص والرسائل التي كتبها عالم الفيزياء الأمريكي ريتشارد فاينمان. في البداية يتحدث عن طفولته وعن دور أبيه في زراعة الفضول فيه والدافع إلى البحث والمعرفة. ثم يتحدث عن زوجته الأولى أرلين وكيف تطوّرت علاقتهما إلى أن توفيت بسبب مرض السل. هناك ذكر سريع لانجازات فايمان العلمية ولكن التركيز الأساسي هو على حياته الشخصية.

القسم الثاني من الكتاب يتحدث عن كارثة المكوك تشالينجر الذي النفجر بعد انطلاقه بقليل ومات رواده السبعة. يلعب فاينمان دوراً أساسياً في اللجنة التي شكلها ال
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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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Richard Phillips Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Pr ...more
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