Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! – March 2015

About This Project

Selected by Denis Behr


“Richard Feynman was one of the most brilliant analytical minds of the 20th century. While he could understand and explain complex physical issues with breathtaking clarity, he also applied his unique approach to everything he encountered in life. Feynman was constantly asking questions, challenging beliefs and assumptions and thinking outside the box. Those are qualities that you need to solve magical problems. This easy-to-read book gives an amusing overview of Feynman’s remarkable life with anecdotes that illustrate the creativity, fearlessness and wit of this extraordinary character and celebrates independent thinking. Be inspired to use your head!”
Denis Behr


About the Book
This book features the outrageous exploits of one of this century’s greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original. In what quickly became a New York Times bestseller, Richard Feynman recounts the many ways in which he thrived on outrageous adventures. In this book, he narrates in his witty voice his experience discussing atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and gambling with Nick the Greek. He explores how he worked to solve the most difficult problems in nuclear physics, along with how he accompanied a ballet with his bongo drums and painted a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman’s life in all its eccentricity —high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.


About the Author
Richard Feynman was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, and the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium. Feynman, along with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics. He invented his own visual representation for a new mathematical concept, which later became known as the Feynman diagram and is widely used today. He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II and served on the Rogers Commission, the panel that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Feynman has been helped pioneer the field of quantum computing and nanotechnology. In 1999, he was ranked as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time by the British journal Physics World, and his books and lectures on physics are widely accessible and popular to this day.