Sunday, April 28, 2013

What Do You Care What Other People Think?

1988, first edition, from W. W. Norton
Richard P. Feynman as told to Ralph Leighton
What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
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I consider this about equal to Surely You're Joking, although it's less anecdotal and more serious.  We here learn more about his first wife Arline, who was a curious character in her own right.  We also find out about the forthright Feynman up against NASA bureacracy during his work investigating the Challenger explosion.  His friend Leighton gathered and organized his stories in preparation for publication, as Feynman's health grew worse.  Feynman died of cancer in February of '88, and Leighton's introduction is from March.

I found "Appendix F," Feynman's controversial contribution to the Challenger report, a bit dull, although the rest of the book, even the more technical parts, held my interest.  I definitely recommend reading the earlier book before this one, since otherwise you may find some of his references, as well as the chronology, confusing.

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