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"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Interesting, Fun Read!

I am a student in the 10th grade and, although I never would have picked this on my own, based on the content and the little information I knew about it before i started reading it, I really enjoyed this book! I had to read this book for my 10th grade honors physical sc...
I am a student in the 10th grade and, although I never would have picked this on my own, based on the content and the little information I knew about it before i started reading it, I really enjoyed this book! I had to read this book for my 10th grade honors physical science class, and was pleasantly surprised! I was dreading having to read it (I'm not much of a nonfiction/scientific reader, I like light reads), but this book made it interesting, not boring to read about Richard Feynman's encounters in the scientific world.The topics covered in this novel are nothing I ever would have suspected to interest me, but I was surprised to find that I did not actually mind reading this book. Basically Richard Feynman is retelling and recounting upon his most intriguing journeys and the memorable circumstances he has been in. It chronicles his life from the beginning, as Feynman shares his exciting personal experiences with you. It reads as though you and Mr. Feynman are sitting down, sharing funny, memorable stories with each other, a very smooth read. When reading, I almost forgot that I was reading this for an assignment, because of the way the information is presented in such a relaxed, casual way. It is a bit lengthy, but it's just interesting enough that you'll want to keep turning those pages until you've reached the end. I would highly recommend this to anyone, assigned or not!

posted by lizzie_e on April 7, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

From a Teenage Perspective

¿Surely You¿re Joking Mr. Feynman?¿ is a great book, if you¿re a physicist, and are really into science books and stuff like that. The book is made of great and funny little short stories about Richard Phillips Feynman¿s past life. If you are a fifteen year old young ad...
¿Surely You¿re Joking Mr. Feynman?¿ is a great book, if you¿re a physicist, and are really into science books and stuff like that. The book is made of great and funny little short stories about Richard Phillips Feynman¿s past life. If you are a fifteen year old young adult and you pick up this book, the first thing one would probably want to do is put it right back down. I recommend you do not do that this book is worth the price, and the 346 pages of reading. If it makes you happy the book also comes on disc. At the beginning of the book yes, I enjoyed it a lot. It was nothing like I thought it was going to be. It was just Feynman as a child talking about how he had a lab, and fixed radios as a kid. From reading Mr. Feynman¿s book, I can tell that his life is not as boring as most people would assume it to be. Once you get past his childhood, the book goes into when he was in a fraternity, that¿s when everything to me got interesting. People not believing what he was capable of just because of how nerdy he might have been. I thought that was quite interesting, because I have never heard of the Phi Beta Delta. Going past the Princeton years, the book got a little sciency (I know that is not a word), for me, It went way, way over my head after this point. With the equations, and all the science talk. But, once you thought the book was getting kind of weird, Feynman, had another crazy story to tell. Whether it was him getting into fights at a bar, or meeting a guy that tells him red and white makes yellow! Feynman never stopped surprising me with the way the book was going. So, I would recommend this book its fun to read, and it keeps you laughing.

posted by Anonymous on November 27, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2004

    Funny, yes, literature, no

    Surely You're Joking is not my type of book. It has no sense of time, no fluidity; all of Feynman's experiences were random, when in reality they weren't. I expect memoirs to be written chronologically. This is not so because he isn't writing the book, Leighton is, so he feels free to tell his life experiences in no particular order. The experiments that Feynman tries to explain end up sounding vague, making them hard to visualize. This book could have a better editing job as well. Two good things: the subject's humor carries through, and the stellar last chapter.

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