Saturday, October 29, 2011

Surely You're joking Mr. Feynman - Feynman & Ralph Leighton

Delightful little book! I'd heard of it since school days, but somehow assumed it to be a little physics heavy and so kept putting off reading it. Mr Feynman is after all a Nobel winning physicist. So there must be the absent minded professor in him somewhere.

But he's anything but that. His huge curiosity about life in general, makes this collection of his reminiscence very interesting. The tales includes things as varied as his college antics, his attempts at learning to play instruments, learning to paint - including nudes(!), picking locks, hypnotism, ant trails, the nuclear bomb, getting girls to sleep with him, dream interpretation, course books for basic science and maths education and what not. The tales always seem to have a funny twist, and I found myself giggling on many a volvo ride, and chuckling out aloud on a few as well.

The curious character, and the funny manner of narration, makes this one a must read.

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