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5.0 von 5 Sternen Feynman's last musings
Richard Feynman is one of the most famous twentieth century Physicists. He is one of those rare scientists who have managed to go beyond the success in the narrow confines of his field of research and become a public celebrity. A big part of this success comes from his persona which combined incredible brilliance with the irreverent and down-to-earth attitude to most...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A poor follow up to "Surely You're Joking ..."
While the first book, "Surely You're Joking ..." gave testimony to the intellectual as well as emotional intelligence of Mr. Feynman, this sequel makes it evident that his business acumen is by no means underdeveloped either. But what must have been a "must-write" for author and publisher turns out to be a very missable book for the reader. It...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A poor follow up to "Surely You're Joking ...", 30. Juli 1999
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While the first book, "Surely You're Joking ..." gave testimony to the intellectual as well as emotional intelligence of Mr. Feynman, this sequel makes it evident that his business acumen is by no means underdeveloped either. But what must have been a "must-write" for author and publisher turns out to be a very missable book for the reader. It comes nowhere near its predecessor. A fluffy, easy read, nothing more.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Feynman's last musings, 10. Juni 2011
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character (Taschenbuch)
Richard Feynman is one of the most famous twentieth century Physicists. He is one of those rare scientists who have managed to go beyond the success in the narrow confines of his field of research and become a public celebrity. A big part of this success comes from his persona which combined incredible brilliance with the irreverent and down-to-earth attitude to most problems in life, be they "big" ones like working on the atomic bomb, or the everyday ones that almost all of us are familiar with. It's the latter ones and his quirky and unorthodox approach to them that made Feynman endearing to the general public.

His earlier book "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman" was a classic and an inspiration to generations of young scientists who were shown that you can have lots of fun while pursuing a life in science. I myself had read it in single sitting, and had completely been mesmerized by Feynman's wit and irreverent attitude. "What Do You Care What Other People Think" is a further collection of stories and anecdotes from his life. Some of these had been told by others over the years, but in this book they all come together in a single volume as told by Feynman himself. Some of the events and stories presented come from the last few years of his life, and it is hard not to feel the poignancy of the fact that these were some of his last thoughts on subjects and situations that he cared about.

Almost half of the book is dedicated to the investigation of the Challenger disaster. Feynman was on the presidential commission that investigated that disaster, and here we get a full insight into what had been going on during commission's session. Many reports have made it seem that Feynman had single handedly figured out the true cause of the disaster - the faulty o-rings that were not meant to be used in really low temperatures. In this book he sets the record straight and explains that although he was the public face that brought attention to the o-rings, there had been many people behind the scenes who had suspected a problem with them for quite a while. This part of the book is also a very useful and revealing glimpse into the workings of a big governmental and scientific agency like NASA.

The book concludes with few musings on the responsibility of science for social problems. In these musings Feynman turns uncharacteristically philosophical, even almost spiritual. He might not have been the most sophisticated thinkers in these matters, but his instincts were very acute and well worth listening to.

All of those who appreciate Feynman's work and brilliance will be grateful for this honest and easy-going narrative. It is also hard not to think that with Feynman's passing a whole era of Physics had come to an end. Those of us who think that somewhere along the way theoretical Physics had lost its way and had become a caricature of its former self, may wonder if all of that could have been avoided had Feynman lived for another ten years or so. We'll just never really know.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More fun, more insight for Feymnanauts!, 24. November 1999
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Feynman's at it again in this sometimes-funny, sometimes-sad sequel to "Surely you're joking." Here, we meet his beloved first wife Arline, who died while Feynman was working on the bomb at Los Alamos. Later we follow Feynman to Washington, as he shines his piercing intellect through the NASA smokescreen surrounding the Challanger disaster. In between we're treated to Feynman's exasperated attempts to learn Japanese, and other adventures of this most curious character. While far from a balanced look at Feynman's life (James Gleick's "Genius" is the seminal work; it's sometimes hard to overlook author Ralph Leighton's unabashed hero worship), this book will be a delight to Feynmanauts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Birthday gift, 11. Januar 2014
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character (Taschenbuch)
This was exactly what my son was looking for and covered every aspect of the knowledge sought. Highly recommended and well worth the cash spent.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht halb so gut wie die erste Feynman biography, 11. September 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character (Taschenbuch)
Dieses Buch ist nicht so gut. Die erste Teil spricht meistens über die Tot Feynman's erste Frau. Inzswischen gibt es einige vollkommen unverbundete Anekdoten über Feynmanns Lebens, und die zweite Hälfte spricht nur über die unfall vom Challenger Space Shuttle. Man hat den eindruck der Schriftsteller wollte nur mit ein paar Feynmann geschichten einem Buch schreiben, und danke den Erfolg von "Surely you're joking Mr Feynmann" es zu verkaufen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolut empfehlenswert, 9. Mai 2009
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: What Do You Care What Other People Think? Further Adventures of a Curious Character (Taschenbuch)
Für alle, die gerne ihr Englisch ein wenig auffrischen wollen und Interesse an Geschichten des Lebens haben, sollten dieses Buch kaufen. Es ist sehr angenehm flüssig zu lesen und man will einfach wissen, was dieser wunderbar neugierige Mann weiter erlebt....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fully worth it, 16. Mai 2000
After wanting to read RF for a long time, I finally got a book. This was the first Feynman book I read. It has two parts, the first is mostly about Feynman's first wife Arlene and his friends when he was a young man. The second tells us how Feynman investigated the Challenger explosion. The book is not technical, the second part is a bit more detailed and might tell you more about rocket engines that you would like to know, but the whole book is very interesting. I particulary enjoyed the first part, how Feynman decided to still marry Arlene not matter what everyone else was telling him, and how special their relationship was. Feynman is a brillian man, yet funny and modest, he even shares some of his embarassing moments. I became a fan and am now going for more Feynman books. A first part for your heart, and a second part for your brain. Some were just random thoughts, with no order at all, and it was a bit confusing sometimes for someone who didn't know Feynman's life, but still, this was a delicious book and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading about the people who make brilliant science... and still have a sense of humor. :)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Has some shining moments, 1. Januar 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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Is reviewing a book with such a title any serious?, 2. August 1999
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The very valuable part is the first one, especially the story which gives its title to the book, very sad and well written. "It's as simple as 1, 2, 3..." will occupy you for hours counting and reading the sequel.
The bigger part 2, "Mr Feynman goes to Washington" is far less interesting, with unending details and poor editing. To be read only once in one's Feynman addicted life.
The epilogue finds more room in "The meaning of it all".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent for anyone even remotely interested in science, 19. November 1998
Dr. Feynman, by allowing us to see some very personal moments during his amazing life gives the reader a personal connection to one of history's greatest men. From his work on the Manhattan Project to the Shuttle Challenger disaster, Feynman's wit and sense of humor (as well as his bold style) gave personality to complex scientific problems. This book is a definite must read for any Feynman fan as well as any physicist in need of some perspective. Feynman was the embodiment of Einstein's notion, that you can't understand physics unless you can explain it to a barmaid. Feynman could (and often did), and his style of writing brings his deep understanding of all things, complex or simple to light.
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