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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786722426
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

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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frailgesture on LibraryThing 9 days ago
I only recently bought this, but I can already tell that it'll be something I'll reread from time to time. I'm a minor fan of epistolary books (things like Letters to a Young Poet, or Chekhov's Life in Letters), and this is one of the better ones that I've come across. Feynman wasn't a prose stylist, but his writing is perfectly readable and enjoyable for what it is, and occasionally very moving, especially the early letters between him and his first wife. Writing was apparently their primary form of communication, since Feynman was holed up in Los Alamos working on the nuke while his wife was in a sanitarium or hospital dealing with her tuberculosis. But even the more standard letters are amusing. Anyway, I really enjoy this book.
Meggo on LibraryThing 9 days ago
This book presents some new material, and the insights and descriptions by Feynman's daughter add depth and richness to the material. Much of the material was familiar from other sources, although the insights and family correspondence alone make this book worth reading.
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One must really appreciate the efforts of Michelle and team for coming out with this wonderful masterpeice. After having cleared my graduation in Physics (obviously prior to my Post Grad) courtesy the 3 red books, I still make an attempt to understand everything that's even remotely Feynman