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By Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton

The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

one of many maximum physicists of the 20 th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for event and an extraordinary skill to inform the tales of his existence. "What Do You Care What other folks Think?" is Feynman’s final literary legacy, ready along with his good friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. between its many tales―some humorous, others intensely moving―we meet Feynman’s first spouse, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible secret as she lay death in a sanatorium mattress whereas he labored within reach at the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. we're additionally given a desirable narrative of the research of the distance shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the instant while Feynman printed the disaster’s reason by means of a chic test: shedding a hoop of rubber right into a glass of chilly water and pulling it out, misshapen.

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I all at once remembered that Murray Gell-Mann and that i have been alleged to supply talks at that convention at the current scenario of high-energy physics. My speak used to be set for the plenary consultation, so I requested the consultant, “Sir, the place could the talks for the plenary consultation of that convention be? ” “Back in that room that we simply got here via. ” “Oh! ” I stated in pride. “Then I’m gonna supply a speech in that room! ” The advisor seemed down at my soiled pants and my sloppy blouse. i noticed how dumb that comment should have sounded to him, however it was once actual shock and pleasure on my half. We went alongside slightly farther, and the consultant acknowledged, “This is a living room for some of the delegates, the place they generally carry casual discussions. ” there have been a few small, sq. home windows within the doorways to the living room that you would be able to glance through, so humans appeared in. there have been a couple of males sitting there conversing. I appeared throughout the home windows and observed Igor Tamm, a physicist from Russia that i do know. “Oh! ” I stated. “I be aware of that man! ” and that i all started throughout the door. The advisor screamed, “No, no! Don’t pass in there! ” by means of this time he used to be definite he had a maniac on his fingers, yet he couldn’t chase me simply because he wasn’t allowed to move in the course of the door himself! Tamm’s face lit up while he well-known me, and we talked slightly. The advisor used to be relieved and persisted the journey with no me, and that i needed to run to trap up. on the actual Society assembly my friend Bob Bacher acknowledged to me, “Listen: it’s going to be demanding to get a room while that Atoms for Peace convention is happening. Why don’t you've gotten the country division organize a room for you, in the event you haven’t already made a reservation? ” “Naw! ” I stated. “I’m no longer gonna have the country division do a rattling factor for me! I’ll do it myself. ” whilst I again to my resort I instructed them that i'd be leaving in per week, yet I’d be coming again on the finish of summer time: “Could I make a reservation now for that point? ” “Certainly! whilst will you be returning? ” “The moment week in September…” “Oh, we’re extraordinarily sorry, Professor Feynman; we're already thoroughly booked for that point. ” So I wandered off, from one resort to a different, and located they have been all booked good, six weeks prior to time! Then I remembered a trick I used as soon as whilst i used to be with a physicist buddy of mine, a quiet and dignified English fellow. We have been going around the usa by means of motor vehicle, and once we acquired simply past Tulsa, Oklahoma, there have been speculated to be massive floods up forward. We got here into this little city and we observed autos parked far and wide, with humans and households in them, attempting to sleep. He says, “We had greater cease the following. It’s transparent we will be able to cross no additional. ” “Aw, come on! ” I say. “How have you learnt? Let’s see if we will be able to do it: possibly by the point we get there, the water could be down. “We shouldn’t waste time,” he replies. “Perhaps we will be able to discover a room in a resort if we glance for it now. ” “Aw, don’t fear approximately it! ” I say. “Let’s cross! ” We force out of city approximately ten or twelve miles and are available to an arroyo. certain, even for me, there’s an excessive amount of water.

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