Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman

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A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber---Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track--collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters--offers an unprecedented look at the writer and thinker whose scientific mind and lust for life made him a legend in his own time. Containing missives to and from such scientific luminaries as ...
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A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber---Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track--collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters--offers an unprecedented look at the writer and thinker whose scientific mind and lust for life made him a legend in his own time. Containing missives to and from such scientific luminaries as Victor Weisskopf, Stephen Wolfram, James Watson, and Edward Teller, as well as a remarkable selection of letters to and from fans, students, family, and people from around the world eager for Feynman's advice and counsel, Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track not only illuminates the personal relationships that underwrote the key developments in modern science, but also forms the most intimate look at Feynman yet available. Feynman was a man many felt close to but few really knew, and this collection reveals the full wisdom and private passion of a personality that captivated everyone it touched. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track is an eloquent testimony to the virtue of approaching the world with an inquiring eye; it demonstrates the full extent of the Feynman legacy like never before. Edited and with additional commentary by his daughter Michelle, it's a must-read for Feynman fans everywhere, and for anyone seeking to better understand one of the towering figures--and defining personalities--of the twentieth century.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465023714
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 287,551
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.31 (d)

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Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction xvii
Letters
1939-1942 1
1943-1945 19
1946-1959 71
1960-1970: The National Academy of Sciences 105
1960-1965 115
1965: The Nobel Prize 153
1966-1969 203
1970-1975 257
1976-1981 295
1982-1984 337
1985-1987 373
Appendix I Interview for "Viewpoint" 419
Appendix II "Gravity, the Disrespectful" 431
Appendix III "The Future of Physics" 435
Appendix IV Extra! California Tech Extra! 441
Appendix V "New Textbooks for the 'New' Mathematics" 445
Appendix VI "Two Men in Search of the Quark" 457
Acknowledgments 469
Photo Credits 473
Index 475
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