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What Do You Care What Other People Think?

(Feynman #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  26,908 ratings  ·  1,048 reviews
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, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. Among its many tales—some funny, others intensely movi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 11th 2001 by W.W. Norton & Company (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)
P Of course you can do what you like. The book refers to some stories of the first book, only two times, no big deal

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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
Roy Lotz
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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;
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“His most valuable contribution to physics is as a sustainer of morale; when he bursts into the room with his latest brain-wave and proceeds to expound on it with the most lavish sound effects and waving about of the arms, life at least is not dull.”

—Physicist Freeman Dyson on Richard Feynman, November 1947

While this (never dull) volume isn’t quite as consistently interesting and entertaining as Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, I can’t really give it any less than 4 stars because, hey, it’s
E. G.
Preface, by Ralph Leighton

--"What do You Care What Other People Think?" Further Adventures of a Curious Character

Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, science
"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?


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
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
Dr. Appu Sasidharan

(Throwback Review) Richard Feynman was a world-famous physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 for his contributions to quantum electrodynamics. He is also famous for Feynman Technique and Feynman diagram.

Feynman discusses more about his family life and his first wife Arline's tragic death in this book. The reason for the challenger disaster was perfectly demonstrated that the material used in the Challenger shuttle's O-rings were less resilient to cold.

This book is
Aditi Jaiswal
If you have read SYJMF ( Surely, You Are Joking Mr Feynman) then this book might seem redundant, repetitive except the events are not in chronological order. It reads like odd, aimless anecdotes including some personal uninteresting letters, travel stories with a hint of smug, and self-righteous reflections of a man always sizzling with new ideas, are scattered across the board but you can't deny that they are winsome in its wording.

Perhaps this was the reason that I found it slightly monotonous
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Aspiring scientists, those who love great non-fictional stories
I think that while this book may work as a lighthearted romp and as wonderfully illuminating as to the life and thinking of Richard Feynman—easily the most interesting scientist I've ever read—it also naturally lends itself as probably a quintessential book on what it means to think as a scientist.

I say this because while I understand what it means to think politically—"we must understand the players, the stakes, and what each person wants, along with what benefits whom", or something like this—
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has two main parts, one is a sort of biography made of Feynman’s own childhood reminiscences, that helps us understand how he turned into a scientist, episodes of his adult life narrated by himself and others, and then a second part about the Space Shuttle accident and his work in the commission that was nominated to investigate the causes of the accident. I found both parts equally interesting, although the second part became a bit too technical, at times.

I also found that the first p
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every bit of the words <3
What a curious character he was. It was total fun learning from his delightful, hilarious, flamboyant experiences. However the epilogue touched my mind very profoundly regarding hia contemplations on the value of Science! It was an unfathomable feeling occupied with his ideas.

"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is t
Neha More
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read. Wish I could meet Mr.Feynman in real life. He was surely an interesting person!
Nati S
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, 2021, physics
Feynman is a truly wondrous character.

If you are curious about the greatest physicist of all time (my opinion) I say you'd better start with "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character.

This book is alright but the other one is much better.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feynman encourages us to challenge perspectives, to let our thoughts travel beyond the borders defined by the palpable matter of us, of the world we live in. Here are few of the pathways of this journey.
“When an atom makes a transition from one state to another, it emits a particle of light”- a scientific fact which we could transfer to the definition of us- a conglomerate of tangible atoms and feelings and thoughts and senses ( we are a ‘population’ of lots of atoms (imagine a number with 27 ze
Nyamka Ganni
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved epilogue the most!
Not well structured or organized as one would expect, but that’s because it was written from things he dictated as he was struggling with a fatal cancer. Hence, the book was actually published months after his death in 1988. Offering good glimpse of his life, family and personal journey, and a little insight into his involvement in the Manhattan project and the NASA shuttle program.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
"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
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, physics
It’s Feynman. There’s nothing more to say.
Camelia Rose
Two years ago I read an article about Feynman and his first wife, a love story reconstructed from the letters between them. Those are very emotional letters, clearly written by someone deeply in love. I am glad to read the title memoir about Feynman and his first wife.

The major essay in the collection is Feynman’s investigation of Challenger space shuttle incident. It is a fascinating read. I grimaced and laughed out loud! It goes without saying Feynman was extremely intelligent, but he was not
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
Son Tung
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Its not about writing style or just a grand adventure, its about a character. Feyman has it, few people in history had it. I would give the book 4,5 stars but my admiration for him pushed me to give it 5.

Well, i had my own indelible journey with him written in my mind. Starting now as 1st of Feb 2016 and go backward:
- Finished the book, the large emphasis is placed on Feyman's ''suicidal journey'' with Washington investigation of Challenger disaster 1986. I do enjoy them but not as much as his l
Patrick Peterson
17 Nov. 2017 - I read this about 30-35 years ago and loved it, just after reading the earlier autobiography by Feynman "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman."

Both books were a pure joy to experience. I still have some vivid memories about his humor, quite libertarian personal philosophy and life experiences. He was so good at seeing, then demonstrating clearly, some basic truths that needed telling. See his account, and the historical record, on his part of figuring out what happened to the Challen
Lubinka Dimitrova
To every man is given the key to Heaven. The same key opens the gates of Hell.
Ioana Ioana
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Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who can get me to listen to hours of physics speeches and stories, and chuckle while doing so, deserves a 5 star rating. The title comes from something he once told his first wife to get her to do something she was timid about trying. She used it several times reversely on him. Those stories were particularly endearing.

The longest part is about his participation in the team who investigated the Challenger shuttle explosion. Even though that part was reasonably technical it was fascinating
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