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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,858 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard P. Feynman Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the greatest theoretical physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” is Feynman’s last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.

Among the book’s many tales, we meet Feynman’s first wife, Arlene, who taught him love’s irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. We are also given a fascinating chronicle of the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster’s cause by an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Feynman’s voice echoes raw and direct through these pages.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “By the evidence of this book alone, it is clear that [Feynman] was an original, brilliant, curious, energetic, eclectic, ebullient, gregarious, and consummately iconoclastic human being with a passion for science, a taste for first principles, and a view of reality that was uniquely his. When he discusses what he really loved, his natural genius shines through.”

    Washington Post

  • “Readers...will be happy to find this in their libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/20/2014

    " Not as good as Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman. But of course that's a high standard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Beth Laychak | 2/8/2014

    " The sequel to "Surely You're Joking", more stories of Feynman's life. This book includes a segment on the Challenger investigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pkiszk | 2/4/2014

    " not that good as surely you're joking but still an interesting read. a comprehensive summary of the challanger investigation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ernest | 2/2/2014

    " Richard P Feynman may now be one of my new intellectual inspirations. This collection of short thoughts and memories describes several points in his life. Additionally, he reveals the behind the scenes workings of the Challenger investigation. Throughout it all, his pure thinking, individual (almost idiosyncratic) way of approaching the world and his love for science are clear. "

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About the Author
Author Richard P. Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (1918–1988) earned a BS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton. From 1942 to 1945, he assisted with the development of the atomic bomb. He then taught at Cornell and Caltech, where he contributed to the theories of superfluidity and quarks. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on the theory of quantum electrodynamics.