Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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First edition US hardcover.

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character is a collection Richard Feynman's memoirs edited by Ralph Leighton and published in 1985. The essays are about Feyman's upbringing, how he became interested in science, and the various projects he worked on. The book was so successful, a second memoir collection was released called What Do You Care What Other People Think?


I don't own this book, but have read it and listened to an audio book recording.


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  • Feynman tells interesting stories and Leighton has a very comfortable writing style.
  • Feynman's fearlessness with his desire to always try new things and work at them until he becomes good is really admirable.
  • A lot of the topics are fascinating like the development of the nuclear bomb.


  • Feynman, by his own accounts, is callous toward women. I understand this is a product of being a man in the 1940s, but that's not an excuse.


  • Nothing.


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