Adventures of a Curious Character

Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman is the “memoirs” of Richard Feynman: renowned physicist and Highly Interesting man. Ben lent me the book and having finished it last night I’m going to have to buy myself a copy – it simply has to be owned. It’s essentially a collection of tales from RF’s life taken from recorded discussions, and I found it to be a riveting read. How this man managed to fit quite so much into one lifetime I have no idea. From designing the atomic Bomb to playing the bongos as part of professional ballet performances (I kid you not) to winning the Nobel Prize to having his artwork exhibited in a one-man show to deciphering Mayan hieroglyphics, he can’t have sat still for a moment. The stories are simultaneously interesting, inspirational and laugh-out-loud funny. His attitude to science is refreshing and thought-provoking; I challenge you to come away not filled with a desire to learn more about the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in humanity, as people like Richard Feynman don’t come along very often.