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

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  21,739 ratings  ·  950 reviews
When Richard Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, died in February 1988 after a courageous battle with cancer, the "New York Times" called him "the most brilliant, iconoclastic, and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists." Here, in these "further adventures, " a companion volume to "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, " is another healthy d ...more
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Published October 1st 1989 by Bantam (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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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  ·  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;
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
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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
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"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
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  ·  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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jan 10, 2012 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
Jun 24, 2008 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
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!
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
Jan 23, 2015 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
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, physics
It’s Feynman. There’s nothing more to say.
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.
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
Son Tung
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Such an amazing book!! Long review for this one...

Starts off with many intriguing anecdotes and Feynman’s early interest in the sciences — btw he taught himself Calculus by the age of 15 whattt. Feynman then discusses the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, from his famous o-ring demonstration to the strained relationship between the levels of NASA staff.

Reluctant officials such as Al Keel and William Rodgers, Secretary of State under Nixon, tried to alter and devalue Feynman’s report to ~save th
Ben Sutter
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, biography
Part 1 = 2 stars
Part 2 and appendices = 5 stars
Overall = 4 stars
The embodiment of thinking from first principle.
Great chapter about the Challenger detail investigation. Not just the 2 famous bits about Nature that cannot be fooled and the O-Ring; but the full point of view of this very naive genius.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an amazing read. Richard Feynman is seriously goals for me 😂
Laurent Michiels
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book contains a number of -- mostly unrelated -- stories or essays, of which three of them stood out for me.

The first tells about Feyman's youth and how his relationship with school friend Arlene developed, whom he eventually married until she passed away at a young age. Here we get to know how young Richard discovered his scientific interest thanks to his father. It is then when he learned that there are two types of knowledge, actually knowing something and knowing the name of something. F
Bojan Tunguz
Jun 10, 2011 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
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Before I was born, my father told my mother, “If it’s a boy, he’s going to be a scientist.” When I was just a little kid, very small in a highchair, my father brought home a lot of little bathroom tiles—seconds—of different colors. We played with them, my father setting them up vertically on my highchair like dominoes, and I would push one end so they would all go down."

Part 1 involved mainly of the scientist in the making with travel experiences during various conferences around the globe. Let
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