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on November 6, 2010
After reading "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman", I could not wait for this follow-up. Unfortunately, this book scrapes the barrel of Feynman-related adventures and it shows - most stories look like they were rejected for the first book. Though the Challenger disaster investigation events as experienced by Feynman could be a great idea on paper, the "plot" feels stretched a lot, with way too much pointless detail. Unfortunately, this "detective story" fills half of the book. Though Feynman remains a bright and smart man, the book just doesn't appear to reflect that as it did in "Surely"; we sure miss the wits a lot.
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on January 1, 2000
Not quite as good as "Surely you're joking..." but written in the same spirit. Especially interesting was the section on the Challenger disaster. He solved the problem with beautiful simple logic that will have you saying, "Gee, why didn't I think of that!" Especially revealing was his encountering government red tape and annoyances, which goes to show several heads in Washington need to roll.
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on January 4, 2004
What do you care about what other people think? Well, after reading this book (and Surely You're Joking ...), I came to the suspicion that Feynman cared a hell lot about what other people thought of him. I found this book entertaining, but I believe one of the main goals really was to convince the readers how much smarter he was than the rest of us. I understand that it's in fashion for physicists and grad students of physics to rave about anything Feynman. But then, physicists aren't unlike teenage girls who worship rock stars. There are groupies. There are physicists. And then there are groupie physicists.
It'd have been nice if there were a book called "Surely You Are Joking, Mr. Schwinger", and the like.
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