Book Review: Surely you’re joking Mr. Feynman!

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”
― Richard Feynman

Calling Richard P. Feynman a “genius” would be the biggest understatement of the century. He was a man with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and was always curious. His interests extended beyond the field of physical sciences. As a man of action, his perpetual curiosity knew no bounds.

As a man of action, his perpetual curiosity knew no bounds. I still remember reading about how all the scientists involved in the Manhattan Project were given safes to keep their documents in. And Feynman took it on himself to crack as many safes as possible. What started off with a small curiosity to check the probability of getting the combination right ended with Feynman coming up with his own techniques to crack all the safes! He even figured out the inner workings of some of them and managed to befriend a person who installed safes.

There was no moment in Feynman’s life where his inquisitive nature ever stopped or started. He has done a variety of things like fixing radios as a child, learning how to lucid dream, working in a friend’s biology lab, learning to play the bongos, editing science and maths textbooks for children and so on. The list is endless. He has accomplished all this and much more along with making notable advancements in science.

A lot more can be said about Richard P. Feynman but I would suggest that you buy the book and read and prepare to be amazed.


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