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Richard P. Feynman - Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track 96 kbps, Unabridged, Read by Richard Poe and Johanna Parker http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perfectly-reasonable-deviations-from-the-beaten-track-richard-phillips-feynman/1103272880 Overview "IΓÇÖm an explorer, OK? I like to find out!ΓÇ¥ -- One of the towering figures of twentieth-century science, Richard Feynman possessed a curiosity that was the stuff of legend. Even before he won the Nobel Prize in 1965, his unorthodox and spellbinding lectures on physics secured his reputation amongst students and seekers around the world. It was his outsized love for life, however, that earned him the status of an American cultural icon-here was an extraordinary intellect devoted to the proposition that the thrill of discovery was matched only by the joy of communicating it to others. In this career-spanning collection of letters, many published here for the first time, we are able to see this side of Feynman like never before. Beginning with a short note home in his first days as a graduate student, and ending with a letter to a stranger seeking his advice decades later, Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track covers a dazzling array of topics and themes, scientific developments and personal histories. With missives to and from scientific luminaries, as well as letters to and from fans, family, students, crackpots, as well as everyday people eager for FeynmanΓÇÖs wisdom and counsel, the result is a wonderful de facto guide to life, and eloquent testimony to the human quest for knowledge at all levels. Feynman once mused that "people are 'entertainedΓÇÖ enormously by being allowed to understand a little bit of something they never understood before.ΓÇ¥ As edited and annotated by his daughter, Michelle, these letters not only allow us to better grasp the how and why of FeynmanΓÇÖs enduring appeal, but also to see the virtues of an inquiring eye in spectacular fashion. Whether discussing the Manhattan Project or developments in quantum physics, the Challenger investigation or grade-school textbooks, the love of his wife or the best way to approach a problem, his dedication to clarity, grace, humor, and optimism is everywhere evident. Publishers Weekly Richard Feynman (1918-1988) has become an American scientific icon. He won the Nobel prize for physics in 1965 for his work on quantum electrodynamics; he became a bit of a television star with his shows explaining physical phenomena in readily understandable terms; and he became the hero of the federal committee investigating the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger when he demonstrated how O rings could fail under cold conditions. He was known as brash and iconoclastic, and a fabulous teacher. This collection of letters edited by Feynman's daughter presents brief glimpses into various facets of his personal and professional lives. Covering the years 1939 to 1987, the letters provide some insight into daily life during the Manhattan Project; others offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Challenger investigation. They also show Feynman to be a thoughtful educator, willing to write back to high school students asking for guidance in selecting a career and understanding physics. The energetic if decidedly colloquial prose underscores Feynman's exuberant nature and self-deprecating sense of humor, as well as his self-described peculiarity when he tried to resign from the National Academy of Sciences because he found it psychologically distasteful to judge people's merit.' 60 b&w photos. Agent, Melanie Jackson. $125,000 national marketing campaign. (Apr. 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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