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Found 139 comments on Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character):

u/ElolvastamEzt · 202 pointsr/books

I really enjoyed Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

It's an autobiography by physicist Richard Feynman. Very fun read, by an incredibly interesting man.

u/david76 · 127 pointsr/science

If you haven't read it already, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is a fantastic read.

u/mahelious · 88 pointsr/todayilearned

It sounds like a decent book, but with this quote at the bottom of the review

> "The problem is that Krauss – also a theoretical physicist – concentrates a little too heavily on the science, rather then the life, of Richard Feynman"

I would recommend Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman as an immediate companion.

u/dirtyuncleron69 · 82 pointsr/atheism

Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman! is really good, and if you like this clip you should read it.

Really interesting guy and the book is a great read.

u/Warlizard · 38 pointsr/todayilearned

For the love of all that's holy, read his book:


It's utterly fascinating. Feynman is the only person I have ever wanted to be.

u/criticismguy · 35 pointsr/askscience

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, part 3, "Testing Bloodhounds", e.g.,

> Then I looked at the bookshelf and said, "Those books you haven't
looked at for a while, right? This time, when I go out, take one book off
the shelf, and just open it -- that's all -- and close it again; then put it
back." So I went out again, she took a book, opened it and closed it, and put
it back. I came in -- and nothing to it! It was easy. You just smell the


> We did a few more experiments, and I discovered that while bloodhounds
are indeed quite capable, humans are not as incapable as they think they
are: it's just that they carry their nose so high off the ground!

u/TheAntiRudin · 28 pointsr/books

The textbook business has been rotten for decades. 46 years ago the renowned Caltech physicist Richard Feynman served on a California state committee for adopting textbooks for high schools. He wrote about the incompetence and corruption in the whole process in his autobiography Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. You can read an online version of the section dealing with that here.

u/theredgiant · 25 pointsr/science

Right now I'm reading "Surely you are joking Mr Feynman". great book!


u/AwkwardTurtle · 16 pointsr/science

If anyone's interested in the backround of the pictures, go read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. It's a really great book, and makes you realize what an awesome person he was. The book is written in such a way that you feel as though you're sitting in a room with him and just sort of chatting.

u/enkideridu · 15 pointsr/pics

A lot of them are in this book.

Your library should have a copy. It's a compendium of anecdotes, all of them interesting.

u/[deleted] · 14 pointsr/math

Not a particularly interesting article, but I do always enjoy reading about Feynman. He truly was one of the most fascinating people in science.

For those that don't know much about him, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is a really great collection of stories -- scientific/mathematical/technical and otherwise.

u/Newton715 · 13 pointsr/Physics

One of my favorite books is Surely Your Joking Mr. Feynman there is another version with an audio cd that is a great listen.

u/elefunk · 12 pointsr/todayilearned

I just finished reading Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, what an incredible person. Makes me sad he's still not alive. Recommended you read it too if you haven't already:


Makes me respect Bill Gates even more than I already did.

u/floats · 11 pointsr/reddit.com

This paragraph from Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman! really got to me...

> I had obviously done something to myself psychologically: Reality was so important - I had to understand what really happened to Arlene, physiologically - that I didn't cry until a number of months later, when I was in Oak Ridge. I was walking past a department store with dresses in the window, and I thought Arlene would like one of them. That was too much for me.

u/troller10 · 8 pointsr/books

7th grade - Where the Winds Sleep: Man’s Future on the Moon - a Projected History”

High School: Foundation Trilogy & Earth Abides

University - les Miserables - Victor Hugo, unabridged version & Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse.

20's - Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance & the River Why

30's - The boat who wouldn't float - Farley Mowat, , and all his other books.

40's - Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman

u/audibull · 8 pointsr/math

From memory, Feynman and his wife Arline had a game of writing to each other in code while Feynman was at Los Alamos and she was in hospital with TB in Santa Fe (I think). The army censors continually cracked the shits and said "no more codes, we can't afford the man hours required to crack them". Later on he mentioned in a letter the interesting property of 1 / 243 = blah blah and the censors wrote back saying "we said 'no more codes'". Feynman then tried to reason with them that 0.00411522633744855967078189300412 contains no more information in it than the number 243 (and he's right).

Everybody should go and read Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! if they haven't already, I can't recommend it highly enough. Give it to your Dad for Christmas and read it while he's having an afternoon nap on Boxing Day.

u/mkor · 8 pointsr/GradSchool

Maybe not strictly in the topic, however very, very motivational - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman.

u/well_uh_yeah · 8 pointsr/books

I have three books that I love to loan out (or just strongly recommend to those weirdos out there who refuse a loaner):

u/fireballs619 · 7 pointsr/books

This is going to seem like a really strange choice, but it's coming from another 16 year old. I recommend Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman, as it is one of my absolute favorite books. It may only appeal to him if he likes science or engineering, but it's worth a shot regardless.

In a similar vein to the Chronicles of Narnia, may I recommend The Hobbit/ The Lord of the Rings? Both are great stories that he may like. Although they are not the best written books in terms of writing quality (in my opinion), the Inheritence Cycle by Christopher Paolini might appeal for entertainment value. Perhaps a lesser known author that I greatly enjoy is Megan Whalen Turner, author of The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. I just became aware of this book and have thus never read it, but A Conspiracy of Kings by the same author is bound to be good.

Steering away from fantasy, he may also like science fiction. I recommend any Ray Bradbury. Most of his stories are short, so for someone who doesn't read often they are great. My favorite are the Martian Chronicles, but R is for Rocket is also a good compilation. All of the Artemis Fowl series are recommended as well.

If I think of any more, I will certainly edit this post.

u/zxain · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

Feynman was the fuckin man. I strongly suggest that everyone read "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" if they haven't already. It's filled with memoirs and great insight to how he viewed the world. It's a fantastically good read that I couldn't put down until I finished it.

u/nate_rausch · 7 pointsr/JordanPeterson

Well I think you might find it easier if you dispensed with all those categories (economics, gender, law, etc.). They are useful in terms of specialization, but unless you're doing a specialization, I find it most helpful to try to get to the bottom of things and ignore categories. Most of these overlap.

The great book that taught me to think this way, and after which a lot more in the world started to make sense was Surely you're joking Mr Feynman. Essentially the difference is between trying to get it right (makes everything overwhelming/confusing) vs understanding it (looking for good explanations).

The beginning of infinity by David Deutsch has something similar.

I know this may seem totally irrellevant, but for me this was the thing that removed that feeling of being overwhelmed by knowledge forever.

That said, I am too consuming incredible amounts of JP. Probably an average of.. wow, maybe 2 hours per day since I first discovered him 5 months ago or so.

u/rathat · 7 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Autobiography of Richard Feynman, what fucking brilliant hilarious man.

You will love this book no matter if you're into science or not, I promise.


u/Tiver · 6 pointsr/skeptic

I can't remember if these were both in his book, but you should absolutely read: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

u/the_infidel · 6 pointsr/skeptic

The section on magnets starts at 3:55, but there's a great explanation of the difficulty of "why" questions at the beginning.

P.S. I'd like to take this opportunity to recommend Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, if anyone hasn't read it yet. There's also a larger hardcover compilation containing that work and a few others called Classic Feynman (this is the edition I have). He was an amazing person, and there are all sorts of spectacular stories about his time on the Manhattan Project, about investigating the Challenger disaster, and about selecting textbooks out for the California school curriculum (this section may make you rage).

u/yogibella · 6 pointsr/LadiesofScience

I've always enjoyed Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, and I think it's great for non-scientists. It's essentially a collection of short stories, which could be nice for quick reads or just before bed.

u/pdaddyo · 5 pointsr/Documentaries

May I recommend you read "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!", a fantastic book.

u/landonwright123 · 5 pointsr/engineering

I think that you should look into Richard Feynman. This man was a truly influential member of the scientific community. There are several books about his life and findings. I think that all engineers should envy his lust for balance.

I think that the most interesting thing about him is his passion for his children. They were truly the center of what he focused on and that intellectual curiosity is reflected in his offspring.

I don't know what else I need to write to convince you to read books about his life; however, I will claim that learning about this man has made me into a better engineer, son, and SO. Just thinking about this book gives me goosebumps because I appreciated it so much.

u/The_Wisenheimer · 5 pointsr/AskScienceDiscussion

Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan.

It really does a good job of explaining why science and critical thinking are important to society and why it is dangerous to reject them or to be ignorant of them.


Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman.

It is a very witty and entertaining collection of Dr. Feynman's personal anecdotes and reminds us that scientists are people just like everyone else.


u/nupogodi · 5 pointsr/offbeat

I read about these in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Neat little book.

u/Yes-my-Padawan · 5 pointsr/books

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Autobiography of esteemed physicist Richard Feynman. Though obviously his specialty is in physics, these recollections of his life touch upon pretty much all scientific disciplines- mathematics, biology, computer science, etc- but it has more to do with how to think about things scientifically rather than cold hard science. A must read for anyone, scientist or non-scientist.

u/MetalMagnum · 4 pointsr/AskPhysics

Hiya! I'm a recent physics/computer science graduate and although I can't think of any super cool handmade options off the top of my head, there are some physics books that I find interesting that your boyfriend may enjoy. One solid idea would be just about anything written by Richard Feynman. Reading through the Feynman Lectures is pretty standard for all physicists, though there are free versions online as well. There are a few others, such as The Pleasure of Finding things Out and Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. There's also a cool graphic novel that recounts the events of his life called Feynman by Ottaviani. If you're not familiar with who this guy is, he is a colorful and concise orator who won a nobel prize in physics. His biggest contributions were in nuclear physics and quantum computation, and his quirks make his explanations of these topics very interesting. The Feynman Lectures are more formal, while his personal books are a mixture of personal experience and explanation.

Something else that I typically gift all of my friends who are problem solvers interested in physics is the book Thinking Physics. This book is great for developing some high level intuition in every field of physics (mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, etc.). This book is great because it's broken into small digestible sections that build your knowledge as you solve more of the questions (solutions are given).

Good luck!

u/DrunkHacker · 4 pointsr/INTP

Read this when I was 12. Still my favorite book 20 years later. You won't walk away with any practical skills or philosophy from it, but I cannot imagine a better description of a life worth living.

Also, it's "Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman", a reference to a fraternity prank he pulled as described in the book.


u/TASagent · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

And if you like stories about Richard Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" has this story and many more. Him talking about his time at Los Alamos was particularly entertaining.

u/InfanticideAquifer · 4 pointsr/math

This biography of Paul Dirac is excellent.

This autobiography (in the form of a sequence of anecdotes) of Richard Feynman is a classic.

This biography of Robert Oppenheimer is extremely good as well.

This book contains short biographies all the most significant figures involved with every Hilbert Problem.

This is a work of science fiction where the main character belongs to a monastic order devoted to mathematics and theoretical science. It's among my favorite books.

edit: Who downvotes this? Really? Even if you think you've got better options... just leave a comment with them for OP.

u/nitrogen76 · 4 pointsr/howtonotgiveafuck

Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman! (Link goes to US Amazon.com store)

Great autobiography about an amazing physicist.

u/talos707 · 4 pointsr/Destiny

To be fair he's quoting feynman, aka our guy. The man was a rationalist and wasn't necessarily born a genius, just very curious and was stellar at using simple examples to convey complex ideas. There's a fun, not so serious book about him with a bunch of quotes like this, it's a good read https://www.amazon.com/Surely-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393316041

u/IRLeif · 4 pointsr/INTP

Reading your post immediately reminded me of the chapter "Los Alamos from Below" from Richard Feynman's book, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!", where he describes the situation when his wife got sick with tuberculosis and died, while he was working on the atomic bombs at Los Alamos. A few relevant excerpts:

> Arlene died a few hours after I got there. A nurse came in to fill out the death certificate, and went out again. I spent a little more time with my wife. […]

> I went for a walk outside. Maybe I was fooling myself, but I was surprised how I didn’t feel what I thought people would expect to feel under the circumstances. I wasn’t delighted, but I didn’t feel terribly upset, perhaps because I had known for seven years that something like this was going to happen.

> I didn’t know how I was going to face all my friends up at Los Alamos. I didn’t want people with long faces talking to me about it. When I got back (yet another tire went flat on the way), they asked me what happened. "She’s dead. And how’s the program going?"

> I had obviously done something to myself psychologically: Reality was so important—I had to understand what really happened to Arlene, physiologically—that I didn’t cry until a number of months later, when I was in Oak Ridge. I was walking past a department store with dresses in the window, and I thought Arlene would like one of them. That was too much for me.

What's interesting is that, Feynman mentions his wife's illness and death in passing throughout several of his books, yet he barely touches upon the emotions. This is the only chapter, in any of his books, where I can recall reading anything about his feelings in this situation. This is probably my favourite chapter from all his books.

This is a superb book by the way, one of my own personal favourites.

u/SSChicken · 4 pointsr/videos

If you like feynman, there's endless amounts of material you can watch / read with or on him.

Project Tuva

Surely you're joking mr. Feynman is my personal favorite Feynman book. It's not technical, but tremendously fascinating.

and the Feynman Lecture of Physics. Can't find an amazon link to that one for the actual audio, but it's direct recordings of some of his lectures. They have probably about 10 CDs at my local library that I've listened to. It's just fascinating to hear this man talk.

u/silver_pear · 3 pointsr/Documentaries

Or his book Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman. It too is a fantastic read and truly allows you to appreciate the man for not only his fantastic knowledge, but also for the humour he brought to life.

u/Pardner · 3 pointsr/comics

Your comment reminds me of this comic. Feynman was an influential physicist and one of the best science communicators that ever lived. I first recommend watching these videos, then reading this book (the text of which can be easily found digitally).

Have a good Sunday = ).

u/JumbocactuarX27 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman is a fantastic book and anyone who would like to know that there's still adventure in the world should read it. Hell, everyone else should read it too.

Also, I was really worried about finding a job after college and reading What should I do with my life? was not only enjoyable but uplifting. I felt a lot better about my life after reading it.

Edit: Added links

u/RyanS099 · 3 pointsr/askscience

Richard Feynman noticed this phenomenon and did a series of impromptu experiments to determine the chemical signalling ants use. You can read further details in this interesting book:


u/ragamuffi · 3 pointsr/argentina

otro recomendable de fisica con humor y comprensible de Feynman
sobre fisica cuantica?

u/geeksanon · 3 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is a refreshing and entertaining book of short stories about Feynman's life. The stores aren't fundamentally technical, but they definitely give insight into some of the nontechnical aspects of engineering.

u/LuminiferousEthan · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Feynman was one hell of a character. Brilliant man.

Someone did a graphic novel biography of him, if you're interested. Awesome book. And I've never laughed more from a book than from Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman

u/rootyb · 3 pointsr/FlashTV

If you haven't read it yet, I'd highly recommend picking up the book on the right of the picture, too: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

u/nyxmori · 3 pointsr/GEB

I'm in, but some people are put off by calling it that. Any idea what that genre of literature would be referred to? Intellectual non-fiction, or something?

As for books to add to the list, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is a fantastic read.

u/solinv · 3 pointsr/Physics

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Never met a physicist who doesn't idolize him.

u/HanlonsMachete · 2 pointsr/gaming

You should read "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" He is absolutely hilarious. He is easily my favorite scientist after that book.

It's $3 on amazon right now

u/boomerangotan · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I recently learned from Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! that a very easy way to figure out the square of any number near 50 is to:

  1. Subtract your number from 50, e.g. for 47, 50-47 = 3
  2. Multiply #1 by 100, e.g., 3 * 100 = 300
  3. Subtract #2 from 2500 (50²), e.g., 2500 - 300 = 2200
  4. Add #3 to #1 squared, e.g., 3² is 9, 2200 + 9 = 2209
u/jean2501 · 2 pointsr/QuarkCoin

Ask richard p feynman to explain about 51% and about the O ring that brought down challenger in 1986..


Ask him if decentralization matters? Or if the people want their money doled out by computer bunkers in the artic? Lol...

u/htop · 2 pointsr/TrueReddit
  1. I don't like the video ("In The Flower") linked in the video. I think that the natural rhythm of Feynman's speech is completely butchered in this one which made him sound a little bit robotic. Compare this to another slightly expanded version of the same talk which I believe is almost unedited.

  2. If you haven't read original autobiographic stories by the man himself, you absolutely should.
u/WaitedTill2015ToJoin · 2 pointsr/movies

Read this

u/tatumc · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

If you have never read his book, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, I highly recommend it. It is one of the most entertaining and informative books I have ever read.

u/knightry · 2 pointsr/pics

It's a great book.

u/Kgreene2343 · 2 pointsr/books

Do you have any strong interests? For example, I love math, and the book The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, which is a biography of Paul Erdos.

If you are interested in graphic novels, and they are allowed for the assignment, Logicomix is the quest of Bertrand Russell for an ultimate basis of mathematics, and how the journey of understanding can often lead towards obsession and madness.

If you're interested in physics, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman is a great book that is arguably a biography.

So, what are you most interested in?

u/AndAnAlbatross · 2 pointsr/atheism

Just finished Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman. Very interesting read.

I could not wrap my head around the way he viewed women though. Very, very different than myself combined with a very different time and expectation.

u/houseofsabers · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

The first link is broken - here y'all go if anyone is as lazy as I am :)

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

I'm also travelling soon, and I'm looking forward to reading this!

u/ShavedRegressor · 2 pointsr/atheism

Richard Feynman. In his auto-biographical books like Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! he comes across as a lovable braggart and trickster. I read most of that book to my kids.

Not only are his stories interesting, but he had a gift for teaching. His science books are full of great explanations.

u/ELI20s · 2 pointsr/QuotesPorn

Cheers man. I've just finished the book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and I'll be going on to the one you've recommended next :)


u/toastspork · 2 pointsr/reddit.com

I usually trim the URL down to its minimal http://www.amazon.com/dp/0393316041/ form before creating the text link. I don't know enough about all the rest of the stuff that's encoded in the longer form of the URL. But I do know it will work fine in the shorter version.

u/lobster_johnson · 2 pointsr/videos

If you like this stuff, check out his famous book: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman.

u/Mixedbagofgoodies · 2 pointsr/math

>Are you tired as in bored and without motivation or as in exhausted?

Both, tired from the time it's taking and without motivation cause my investments simply haven't paid off this year. Never bored though. I have a book of Feynman's on my wishlist, I should probably get it. Have you read it per chance?

u/calladus · 2 pointsr/atheism

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" by Feynman et al...

This was my first exposure to the way that an atheistic scientist can look at the world and feel simple joy in merely learning how things work. It instilled in me a thirst to learn, and a desire to travel my own path.

u/springsprint · 2 pointsr/funny

Mathematicians say that it is trivial. According to Feynman, mathematicians can prove only trivial theorems, because every theorem that’s proved is trivial:

> “It’s trivial! It’s trivial!” the standing guy says, and he rapidly reels off a series of logical steps: “First you assume thus-and-so, then we have Kerchoff’s this-and-that; then there’s Waffenstoffer’s Theorem, and we substitute this and construct that. Now you put the vector which goes around here and then thus-and-so …” The guy on the couch is struggling to understand all this stuff, which goes on at high speed for about fifteen minutes!

> Finally the standing guy comes out the other end, and the guy on the couch says, “Yeah, yeah. It’s trivial.”

u/cczub_duo · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

> A series of anecdotes shouldn't by rights add up to an autobiography, but that's just one of the many pieces of received wisdom that Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918-88) cheerfully ignores in his engagingly eccentric book, a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985. Fiercely independent (read the chapter entitled "Judging Books by Their Covers"), intolerant of stupidity even when it comes packaged as high intellectualism (check out "Is Electricity Fire?"), unafraid to offend (see "You Just Ask Them?"), Feynman informs by entertaining. It's possible to enjoy Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman simply as a bunch of hilarious yarns with the smart-alecky author as know-it-all hero. At some point, however, attentive readers realize that underneath all the merriment simmers a running commentary on what constitutes authentic knowledge: learning by understanding, not by rote; refusal to give up on seemingly insoluble problems; and total disrespect for fancy ideas that have no grounding in the real world. Feynman himself had all these qualities in spades, and they come through with vigor and verve in his no-bull prose. No wonder his students--and readers around the world--adored him. --Wendy Smith


u/steelypip · 2 pointsr/atheism

Richard Feynman tells a story in Surely You're Joking that he convinced all his friends that he could speak fluent Chinese by spouting Chinese-sounding gibberish. After doing this for a few weeks his friends got suspicious so they introduced him to a woman who really was Chinese and asked her to translate what he said. "Damn, I'm gonna be found out" he thought to himself, but bit the bullet and started spouting Chinese-ish nonsense to her. She looked a bit taken aback and said "sorry guys, I only speak Mandarin and he obviously speaks Cantonese".

u/FauxRomano · 2 pointsr/Physics

Incidentally for those for whom this has peaked an interest in this amazing man read his book 'Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman' (link goes to Amazon), among others.

u/jnfr · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

We have the same taste in books! I loved Richard Feynman's memoir! Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393316041

u/i_lick_my_knuckles · 2 pointsr/IAmA

If you like sci-fi, try Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

If you like non-fiction, try Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynmann!

u/-Tom- · 2 pointsr/AskScienceDiscussion

So, I have some audiobook recommendations for you. In your learning you may have come across a theoretical physicist named Michio Kaku he is an incredibly intelligent person who has an excellent way of phrasing things to keep them understandable as well as an entertaining overall style. He has lots of great video clips on YouTube

I have two of his audiobooks (you could get the regular books instead if you want I suppose) and they are absolutely fantastic to listen to on a long drive (I have a 9 hour drive each way a few times a year to make) or even just chilling in the bathtub for a bit. Any way Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future are amazing.

Another person worth getting into if quantum mechanics tickles your fancy is Richard P. Feynman....that there is an entertaining man. Again you can find really old lecture videos he did on YouTube as well as I highly recommend his autobiography (which I again have on audio) is fantastic. Now, a disclaimer about that, there isnt much actual science talk in it but he explains, from his very interesting point of view, how he goes about learning and discovering the world. It may very well help you shape a new understanding of the world around you and grow a greater appreciation for material you are learning. The greatest thing that struck me in the book was when some fellow students of his asked a question about French curves, and he had a very simple and obvious answer but they hadnt put it together....he mused that it meant their knowledge was fragile and not well understood, that they merely could regurgitate a product but did not have a true grasp on what it is that they were doing....Ever since then I have been so frustrated (in a good way) while getting my ME degree because I WANT TO DEEPLY UNDERSTAND. I'm sick of just knowing on the surface and being able to go in and pass the test...I want to build an incredibly solid foundation of understanding.

Also, if you go on YouTube, check out TEDTalks as they are very informative and knowledgeable about many different things not just math and science.

Also, some channels I subscribe to on YouTube are Numberphile, MinutePhysics, Periodic Videos, Sixty Symbols, and VSauce ....oh and look on the sidebar of the VSauce page for other channel recommendations.

In all seriousness, welcome to the fold, its comforting in here.

u/SkittlesNTwix · 2 pointsr/bigbangtheory

If you're interested in learning more, I would recommend the book, "Surely, You're Joking, Mr. Feynman?". Link

u/ImperialAle · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Autobiography of a member of the Manhattan Project, Nobel Prize winner, Professor at Caltech, bongo drum player, LSD user, painter. Just a bunch of fun eclectic stories.

u/oursland · 2 pointsr/worldnews

There's way, way more than one book. These people are studying a religious philosophy and resolving logical problems that arise between the religion and the real world.

Dr. Richard Feynman was once asked to meet with a group of Orthodox Jews in New York. They wanted to know if pushing the button on the elevator was creating fire, because if it wasn't they could fire the boy they had push the button for them on the Sabbath. He figured it was an opportunity to educate them.

Unfortunately, for every scientific fact they had a very detailed religious argument that was considered well in advance. He concluded that you couldn't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.

The tale is in the book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! in the chapter "Is Electricity Fire?".

u/GonzoNation · 2 pointsr/politics

> Perhaps my education was too narrow.

No education is ever too narrow. Like the "Hall of the Mountain King" in the Adventure game, paths lead off in all directions. But a snake blocks our path.

> At the time I felt almost like an elite getting to skip some electives I considered non-sense.

In Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!


He "complains" about having to read Goethe's Faust. But I think it's more of a joke because Faust does focus on the limits of scientific knowledge - how we never really know enough to control our own destiny.

u/ohashi · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Surely you must be joking Mr. Feynman one of my favorite books of all time.

u/noscoe · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Einstein's books about relativity written by Einstein for the non-expert
-Helps you understand not only his theories well, but piques your interest in science a lot, and improves your way to approach all problems. His essays (in particular The World As I See It, be careful of edited versions on the internet which cut out parts they don't like about God, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y0_aNvH0Wo) are amazing as well.

Middlesex By Jeffrey Eugenides
-A novel, Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction (called the great american epic), will increase your understanding of those with LGBTQ considerations, but mostly an amazing book

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers By Robert Sapolsky
-Entertaining book, will increase your knowledge of a whole lot of things, and increase your interest in psychology and statistics. Also Freakanomics by Levitt/Dubner and Outliers/Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. All good to get your foot in the door to approach the complicated world we live in logically.

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
--Autobiography of a nobel prize winning physicist, very funny. Will (again) demonstrate how a brilliant person approach the world. Very funny and easy read.

u/piggybankcowboy · 1 pointr/books

Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely

The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff

Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think? - both wonderful collections of Richard Feynman talking about his life, the way he thinks about things, and lessons he learned.

Those are really the first four that come to mind that have had a noticeable effect on the way I think. Might do the same for you, as well.

u/TurkAlert · 1 pointr/AskNYC

No problem, and let us know if you check it out! Also, the book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" got me interested in this stuff. If you've never read it, I highly recommend it - really amazing guy with incredible stories.

u/isarl · 1 pointr/science

The very same. He was quite a character. There are many books about him, such as Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. Unfortunately, I don't have a link from Google Books for you, but you should definitely look him up. =)

u/workpuppy · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman...The life and times of a truly amazing guy.

u/majoogybobber · 1 pointr/elonmusk

Yup. Check out his book, you won't regret it.

u/pastachef · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Buy this and read it

u/chefranden · 1 pointr/technology

I'm fairly certain several of these machines were used at Los Alamos to speed up the calculations. Feynman describes chaining several differential calculators together to get the math done faster in one of his books. I don't remember which book, maybe Surely You are Joking?

u/cowgod42 · 1 pointr/learnprogramming

As others mentioned, it is very hard to make progress learning programming without using a computer (think of reading about driving without ever driving a car). Instead, get yourself excited about science and computer science:


u/jptman · 1 pointr/Nepal

Until you manage to get that book, I'd recommend getting "Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!":

It's a great book about curiosity, knowledge and research from a great mind.

u/Jason_OT · 1 pointr/engineering

It may not fit exactly what you're looking for, but my first thought was Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

It's essentially a bunch of anecdotes throughout his life. It's easy reading, highly entertaining, and covers a wide enough variety of topics that it shouldn't be too hard to annotate. Even if it doesn't fit the requirements for your project, I'd recommend you read it anyway.

u/beamdriver · 1 pointr/technology

So nobody else has read Surely You're Joking, My Feynman?

I weep for the future.

u/z0han · 1 pointr/ECE

Not exactly what you're looking for but I promise it's a good read as well. http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393316041

Discusses Feyman's experiences working on the Manhattan Project.

u/russellvt · 1 pointr/reddit.com

I believe it's a reference to the book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" (amazon), as he called a woman “worse than a whore” for not exchanging sex for sandwiches.

> “OK,” he says. “The whole principle is this: The guy wants to be a gentleman. He doesn’t want to be thought of as impolite, crude, or especially a cheapskate. As long as the girl knows the guy’s motives so well, it’s easy to steer him in the direction she wants him to go.
> “Therefore,” he continued, “under no circumstances be a gentleman! You must disrespect the girls. Furthermore, the very first rule is, don’t buy a girl anything -- not even a package of cigarettes — until you’ve asked her if she’ll sleep with you, and you’re convinced that she will, and that she’s not lying.”
> “Uh… you mean… you don’t… uh… you just ask them?”
> “OK,” he says, “I know this is your first lesson, and it may be hard for you to be so blunt. So you might buy her one thing — just one little something — before you ask. But on the other hand, it will only make it more difficult.”

u/slomotion · 1 pointr/books

If you don't know much about physics I would recommend The Dancing Wu-Li Masters by Gary Zukov. That's one of the main books that got me interested in the field. Clearly written enough for a 9th grader to understand. Also, It explores some philosophical parallels to physics which I enjoyed quite a bit (don't worry, it's nothing like What the Bleep)

Also, if you'd like some insight on how a genius thinks, I would recommend Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman? It's one of my favorite books of all time. There's actually no science in this book - it's basically a collection of anecdotes from Richard Feynmann's life. He talks about his experiences in college, grad school, and working on the A-bomb in Los Alamos among other things. Incredibly entertaining stuff.

u/FallsZero · 1 pointr/leagueoflegends

Well, I'm not super well-versed in physics tbh but I use to really want to be a physcisits so I know a little stuff here and there.

I've read:




Also, Feynman is related to philosophy because quantum physics makes many epistemological and metaphysical claims and Feyman made many advances in the quantum physics field. Look up some interviews online, his thought process is really cooled and really makes you wonder about the natural world and how its works/structured

u/dawiseguy98 · 1 pointr/AskPhysics

In a similar vein, I really enjoyed Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman.

It's an autobiography of Fenyman's shenanigans. Lighter on the physics, but if he's a Feynman fan, he'll love it.

u/WellHowdyPard · 1 pointr/everymanshouldknow

Yeah. I read Surely You'er Mr. Feyman a long time ago.

Dude was brilliant. He was a devoted husband to his wife who was dieing of cancer during the Manhattan project. He valued her opinions so much and wanted to keep her in the loop of what he was actually doing that they developed a special code for their letters so he could tell her about the less critical aspects of the project and get around the censors.

I remember after my divorce from a marriage of 10 years, I was bombing big time with women. A friend of my gave me similar advice to Feynman's and it worked. When I read the book a few years later I was like "Damn that's where Rick got his advice". In the end it doesn't mean you ain't a nice guy, you are just learning to give what is really wanted and not fall into the White Knight, Chivalry trap.

u/lilkuniklo · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

If you enjoyed Cosmos, I would also recommend Demon-Haunted World. Excellent for cutting through some of the bullshit that surrounds our day to day lives.

I would recommend reading some Richard Feynman too. Surely You're Joking is one of the favorites. He doesn't talk about lofty subjects or anything. He was just a down to earth guy from a working class family in Queens who happened to be a Nobel-prize winning physicist and a great storyteller. He was a genius without the facetious smartypants attitude.

This is a famous lecture of his if you want to get a feel for what his writing is like.

u/shinyredd · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character - Richard P. Feynman

No book has made me want to get more out of life and to experience as much as possible.

u/omgdonerkebab · 1 pointr/askscience

The world would be a better place without Dan Brown.

Can I suggest an alternative piece of light reading?

u/tzzzsh · 1 pointr/Physics

First off, read this book! Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard Feynman made some really important discoveries in the particle physics world and I think it's cool (and hilarious) to look at the way he thinks about everything, not physics alone.

Secondly, make sure you understand math. Don't kill yourself over it, just remember "physics is to mathematics as sex is to masturbation."

Third, enjoy what you're doing. It's hard to get a lot out of a class or a book if you are just struggling to get through each assignment. Try to make it fun for yourself.
Also, making friends in the field and study groups help a lot. I firmly believe that the classroom is not the ideal place to learn physics. It is a science about discovery and understanding the world around you. Even though other people have done so before, it really helps to sit around with a few people at about the same level as you and help each other find solutions. There's a good reason these guys smoked pipes. It's simply the perfect thing to do while sitting around with others thinking.

Overall, be sure to enjoy yourself. Being a physics major is tough, no doubt, but it's also super interesting and a ton of fun!

u/prim3y · 1 pointr/everymanshouldknow

I got your list right here:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - great story about finding your way in life, destiny, etc. One of my personal favorites and a real life changer for me personally (read it when I was 14, very impressionable)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominigue Bauby - memoirs of a magazine editor who has a stroke and goes from being a hot shot playboy to being paralyzed. He loses all motor function and the whole book is written by him blinking out the letters. Despite it all he has a razor wit and such a positive outlook it really makes you think about your own life and what is important to appreciate.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig - kind of an interesting book that gives you a historical breakdown of philosophy all through a somewhat biographical story about a motorcycle trip with his son. Has some really insightful views on what is quality and what is the point of education. Highly recommend for anyone just starting college.

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard P Feynman - Autobiography/memoir of one of the greatest minds to ever live. From learning how to pick locks while working on the manhattan project, experimenting with acid, and learning the bongos. Dr. Feynman has such a passion for life, science, and learning it's contagious. Seriously, just see how excited he gets about rubberbands.

u/v3nturetheworld · 1 pointr/AskPhysics

Awesome! I recommend taking whatever physics classes your High School offers along with as much math as possible. I also suggest taking advantage of the website Kahn Acadamy. Another good site for asking questions and learning more is http://www.physicsforums.com/ it's very active and you can learn a lot there. For keeping up with physics and science, I like the site http://phys.org/

A good book I would suggest starting with, while non-technical, but is an interesting read is Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynmann. Another good resource is the Feynmann Lectures on Physics, you can read them for free online now here: http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/

And another awesome resource would be the Physics teachers at your school. Talk to them about what your interested in and they might be able to talk to you more about it!

If your high school doesn't have what your looking for you could also look into taking classes at your local community college as well.

u/TheBB · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/Frogstool · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman

Columbine by Dave Cullen

u/gavreaux · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I was thinking "I wonder if anyone will mention Feynman", and bingo!

If anyone finds that post interesting, read Surely you're joking Mr. Feynman, its full of stories about his fascinating life.

u/teoryn · 1 pointr/books

To add a bit of non-fiction to the list:

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

u/CEZ2 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! It's "laugh out loud" funny and highly recommended.

u/Arcminute · 1 pointr/China

This is great. I remember reading the book this came from 7 or 8 years ago but I don't remember this at all. I do remember really enjoying the book though. I seriously recommend it to everyone. It's his autobiography and he's a really great story teller. The Book on Amazon.com

u/enderak · 1 pointr/WhatsInThisThing

I'm a fairly new subscriber to this sub and you might have already answered this in a previous post, but I didn't see it right off...

Are you trying every number, or are you skipping every other number or something? Do you have an idea of what kind of precision/tolerances the combination pins have?

Just finished listening to Feynman's book where he describes cracking safes and only needing to test every 5th number... An 80% decrease is pretty significant if you are brute-forcing every possible combination. It looks like that is how the robot in a YouTube video you linked a while back works.

u/MarkusOber · 1 pointr/sociopath

yes in the physics community Feynmans like a god

He's well known for many things in popular culture. He was on the committee that investigated the space shuttle Challenger disaster and on live TV he showed that the o-rings lost their elasticity in the cold by simply dumping the o-rings in ice water.

He was also an artist and a very good bongo drum player. He was instrumental in popularizing Tuvan throat-singing in the West. Back Tuva Future https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00000GC1U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_H01vDb1JENG4N

He was perhaps the father of nanotechnology. He wrote a very famous paper and presented at a conference called "there's plenty of room at the bottom" it sparked people's interest and imagination in the field of nanotechnology.

But of course the most interesting aspect to Feynman was his combination of genius, intellectual honesty, and curiosity. One book that I couldn't recommend highly enough is the one I mentioned earlier
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0393316041/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_D31vDbF44F7T1

Along with some really great critiques of modern science such as "Cargo cult science"

and of course if you like physics he wrote a great book called "six easy pieces" along with a three-volume set called the 'Feynman lectures of physics"

u/Elrathias · 1 pointr/AskEngineers

Two books comes to mind, first we have Skunk works by Ben Rich wich chronicles his years at Lockheed, Developing among others the U2 spyplane and the SR-71, giving you lots of practical glimpses into acctual engineering problems, like say dealing with poor supplier quality etc,

And then we have my all time fauvorite, Surely you're joking Mr Feynman, by Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman. This isnt as much engineering as science and humour in one, but its still a good read!

u/noomster · 1 pointr/india

> The fact that you've convinced yourself that people can't have decent vocabularies without the help of Google says a lot about you.

Nope. Not people. Just you. See, I looked at your previous posts before calling you out. You're as pretentious as they come. You use words that do not belong to daily vocab and are clear indicators of being synonym look ups. This isn't an assumption. It's an observation. You're a pseudo.

>Once again, these aren't some esoteric words. They're common. You gotta move past comics and children's book like Harry Potter.

This is why it's hard to take you seriously. Your analysis of me is entirely based on an assumption you made. No indicators anywhere of my reading habits. Still, I humored you in my previous response. I thought it would be fun to take you down a notch or two. But now you're just boring me. In any case, Harry Potter is a classic. I think I might up pick up the series once again. You gave me the hankering. Thanks!

> I've seen the channels you've mentioned. But they're not a valid substitute for actual textbooks. Watching a 30-minute video isn't commensurate with working through a textbook with exercises and practice problems.

Do you comprehend my entire argument at all? Forget that. Did you even read my responses in their entirety? Or are you just debating for the heck of it? When did I say youtube videos are substitute for actual textbooks? They're not. But they are excellent diving points. Also, there are plenty of youtube videos that deep dive into topics eloquently and comprehensibly. Your silly stance that youtube videos are sciolistic (cue eye roll for the synonym lookup) and vapid is what got me going. That and the fact that you really do sound like a miserable, failed college professor.

My final, unrequited advice to you is this - get off your high horse. If you're trying to put a point across and you use vocabulary that is incomprehensible by a majority, then you've failed. Look up Richard Feynman's technique and use it not just to learn but also to put your point across. The TL;DR version of this technique is this - use simple words. Also, while you're at it, pick up Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. - a great book about the most glorious human being to have ever lived! Atleast in my opinion. Fair warning, it uses vocabulary more suited for simple folks like me. :)

u/what_comes_after_q · 0 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I did a double major Electrical Engineering / Physics at the undergrad, and did advanced study in quantum mechanics. Look at the Nova series The Elegant Universe. The book is also very well written and highly recommended. Brian Greene is very good at explaining the flavor of advanced physics.

Honestly, I would learn this level of physics, and be satisfied. You can dive deeper and learn proofs and equations, but that won't really enrich your understanding. At a certain point, most of what you do are looking at is just equations that describe things that are true, because the numbers tell you are, but don't have any macro correlation.

Here is an example: it's neat to know what the impact of something "spinning" one way means in terms of what other elementary particles it can pair up with, but this doesn't help you understand quantum mechanics. Spin has no meaning at these sizes, yet they have angular momentum. Why? Because the numbers tell us it does.

If you do want to dive deeper in to physics, like people have recommended, the Feynman lectures are the go to standard for Physics texts. In fact, "surely you're joking, mr. feynman" is a great biography of an interesting man.

So TL;DR - you can get a good understanding of quantum mechanics at a high level, but diving deeper won't really teach you much more at a fundamental level.

u/JesusTexasRanger · 0 pointsr/iamverysmart

What the hell is up with the insults? I understand what they're saying, I just have a problem with the way they say it. I doubt that anyone outside of Harvard or Yale has thoughts in wordy language, and I highly doubt that people who spend hours on reddit (like you and me) talk like that. Why should we pretty up our language, when we can easily say what we mean? I recommend this book if you want to hear how good a genius sounds without fluffy words. This debate is very subjective, so let's keep it light, and not come to conclusions about each other.

u/GSpotAssassin · -1 pointsr/todayilearned

That's a Cornellian for you.

/year 2000 grad

Plug: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman is one of the best autobios I've ever read.

u/JoseJimeniz · -3 pointsr/tech

You're perfectly free to repair your own laptop.

You have a right to repair your own laptop.

But you haven't got a right to get Apple to help you.


Richard Feynman told the story of the old electrician who was upset at these new microchip things. Because the guy couldn't understand how he was supposed to get in there with this soldering iron to fix a transistor.

You don't. You don't fix it. You can try, but the fact that you can't is your problem.

They're perfectly free to use technology that you cannot repair; that's the way it goes.

u/I_TYPE_IN_ALL_CAPS · -11 pointsr/science

> If done right, science is science.