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Little Canada Book Club-"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard Feynman

For our April meeting we will be discussing the book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman.

Amazon.com Review

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 [masked]) cheerfully ignores in his engagingly eccentric book, a bestseller ever since its initial publication in 1985.... 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

Our future reading list is:

May: The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

June: Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein

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  • Jack C.

    Whatever your opinion of Richard Feynman, the book gave us plenty to talk about.

    April 16, 2014

  • Peggy J.

    Although I wasn't able to attend the Meetup due to a family illness, I would love to hear what others thought of the book because "Surely You're Joking ...." Is one of my favorite books! (and Feynman has long been one of my heroes!) I don't know if this comment will appear as a post - because I already tried to post once and it apparently didn't go through ?

    April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love this book!

    March 9, 2014

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