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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Lu par : Raymond Todd
Durée : 11 h et 31 min
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With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. In addition to solving the mystery of liquid helium, Feynman has been commissioned to paint a naked female toreador and asked to crack the uncrackable safes guarding the atomic bomb's most critical secrets. He has traded ideas with Einstein and Bohr, discussed gambling odds with Nick the Greek, and accompanied a ballet on the bongo drums. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.
©1985 by Richard P. Feynman (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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"A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light." ( Time)

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Random thoughts of an American person.

Incoherent. Random. Insignificant. This book was recommend to me yet it hardly deserves any listening time. Enjoying the silence instead surely is more intellectually rewarding.

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Very interesting book

The story of this man of science is incredible. The book is well written and open some new way of thinking. A great book, and the audible version is well read.

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Very fun and highly instructive

I enjoyed this book tremendously, far beyond my expectations. The author is both a great mind and a curious but maliciously irreverent character. One if my favorite reads of all time. Very good performance by the reader too, who perfectly conveys the author’s mischievousness.

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Absolutely awesome

Incredible and candid insights into the life an inner workings of a curious, extra-ordinary and truly great man.

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  • Brad Grimm
  • 09/11/2009

Hilarious and inspiring

I didn't know quite what to expect with this book. But I found Feynman's life to be quite inspiring, and hilarious every step of the way. I didn't know his name before, but he's an instant idol of mine.

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  • Citizen
  • 17/02/2015

Pleasant and amusing story about an eccentric

Feynman is probably one of the most charismatic physicists in history. This narrator captures his "voice" with delightful nuance.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 31/10/2011

Likeable, entertaining man!

The narration was perfection, and I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't the author himself narrating. It's a sort of stream-of-consciousness telling of the many events in his life that define his quirky curiosity and intelligence. Entertaining and humorous--loved it!

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  • Cher R. Eaves
  • 07/10/2007

Endearing

This book demonstrates that the most brilliant teacher of the 20th century was also a dear man. No lukewarm list of achievements, this spyglass peeks in on the daily life of genius as child through his extraordinary and colorful life.

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  • Ellen
  • 17/02/2004

What was Mr. Feynman like?

If you have any idea of the influence this scientist on the world of physics you should love hearing how he came up with his ideas. If you don't all the more reason to learn about this unique and fastinating man. I had a great deal of trouble with the tone of the narrator and found it distracting. I prefer a straight read without an attempt to mimic the speach of the author. This is subjective, but you might want to check it out to see if you would prefer to read than listen to this fastinating book. A look into the thought processes of a genius. Check it out!

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  • Steven Petersen
  • 19/08/2006

My favorite audio book

I love this book - I'm actually listening to it for the second time, which I almost never do. I think the narrator takes the perfect tone for the material, and I found Feynman's stories to be fascinating and quite amusing - especially the parts about Los Alamos. I don't read or listen to many autobiographies, but by the end of this one I found myself regretting that I never met him.

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  • Andrew
  • 27/06/2003

A wonderful book...

I'd heard of this guy but had never got around to actually reading any of his books. This is a great way to get to know Mr Feynman without getting into physics, maths, etc. The narrator does an amazing job. By far the best book I have read/listened in a long time. And yes, I did laugh out loud in public a couple of times.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 19/04/2015

He was curious, was a risk-taker. He was a genius.

I've been circling this book, 'The Feynman Lectures on Physics', and Gleck's 'Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman' for awhile. This one seemed the most fun and easiest place to start. I was driving from Taos/Santa Fe back to Phoenix last week and as I drove past Los Alamos, it was just the particle collision in my brain I needed to start on Feynman.

Often, memoirs are hard to read because you know a bunch of it is façade. A person is showing you a part of them for a purpose. They want to be viewed as smart, important, funny, etc. They carefully guide you through a Potemkin village of their life. Richard Feynman's memoir is different. Not that I don't think Feynman had an ego. He might have even had an agenda with the book. But, for the most part, he seemed much more interested in the stories he wanted to tell, rather than on how they would make him look. He wasn't all that worried about how he looked so much. His entire life was built around doing what he wanted, exploring what he found interesting, violating taboos, beating his own drums and cutting his own path.

He was a Nobel-prize winning polymath physicist whose other talents included playing drums, teaching, drawing naked girls, picking locks, making atomic bombs, practical jokes, and telling stories. He wasn't interested in the usual trappings of success. Many of those things annoyed him. He was curious. He was a risk-taker. He was a genius.

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  • S. Blaine
  • 03/03/2003

Well Worth the Read

If you don't openly smile while listening to this book (particularly the first 60% of it) then you've passed on. A physicist with a sense of humor should not be missed.

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  • Charles Floading
  • 16/10/2007

Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader.

It's a testament to Feynman's interesting life and perspective that I was able to sit through a reading by what I consider the absolute worst reader ever. Listen to a sample of this one before buying it. The reader uses the same limited cadence and inflection for everything! From a funny story about a cocktail party to a death in the family, the reader's delivery is static. To make things worse, he reads everything with what sounds to me like a haughty, almost concieted tone. Feynman was well known for his self confidence, but not for arrogance.

As for the content of the book, only a small percentage is directly related to physics. This book has more insights on how to live life than anything.

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  • Christopher
  • 17/03/2015

A beautiful mind

Witty and often times surprisingly unprofessorial episodes, stories and musings of a truly interested and alert thinking mind that often times amused me, educated me and restored my faith in science for if this is what scientists are like, forget about bank of Sweden prices, this is what a true teacher of life should be be like. Curious throughout his life!

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  • Luckydinner
  • 05/01/2020

Just amazing!!

I’m in love with Mr. Feynman. The stories are just amazing and The reader is also amazing. Thanks a lot! I just bought the follow-up :)

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  • Malte Vetter
  • 07/05/2015

unterhaltsam und informativ

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Man bekommt einen guten Einblick in Feynmanns verrücktes Leben und man lernt auch einiges, zum Beispiel über die Qualität von Schulbüchern oder dem Knacken von Schränken, welche Unterlagen zum Bau von Atombomben enthalten.

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  • pascal
  • 22/06/2020

Lovely

Such a lovely guy. A bit crazy, a tad genius, and very honest and outspoken. Narration is also spot on.

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  • HR
  • 09/09/2019

Must hear for every physically interested...

... All these stories about and from feynman show a great picture of a curious and open minded person that had loads of fun during his life and with what he was doing... Inspirational and heart lifting book and a great reader made me enjoy this audio book a lot... Highly recommended...

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 08/08/2019

The reader spoils it for me

When I started listening to this audiobook I was hooked. Clearly the author, Richard P. Feynman, has an exquisit sense of humour and it is so much fun to listen to his nerdy Stories from his time as a student as well as his genius in everyday situations. Unfortunately, the longer I was listening, the more I was noticing the very unfortunate choice of the reader. When there is tension to build up while telling a story or dryness to apply when making a humorous remark, the reader reliably fails to implement any of it but carries on in his monotonous style like a 10 year old schoolboy, failing to trace an arc for more than one sentence. I really do not understand, how that can be approved with so many good voice actors out there nowadays. I could not get over the first half even, so that I will probably get the book and read it myself in order to get the immersion and comic and knowledge that the book itself offers.

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  • Amazoncus
  • 11/12/2018

Großartiger Mensch

Man kann sehr viel Gutes aus dem Buch mitnehmen. Ist auf jeden Fall Interesse! 👍

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  • Jan
  • 07/03/2018

Worth the time

Wide range of lessons and principles far beyond just the field of physics. Humorously written and easy to binge. Plus great narrator who's engaged in what he does.

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  • Max
  • 07/07/2017

Awesome narrator

Best narrator I've ever listened to. Even if you already read the book, it's worth just because of the narrator. He has such a lively and entertaining way to read.
The book itself is also very interesting and entertaining.

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  • Marcel
  • 09/09/2016

#geht seinen weg

fesselnd bis zum schluss,
zwischendurch musste ich zurückspulen um die physik oder mathematik besser zu verstehen.
mister feynman, hervoragendes werk