Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman !

Read this book yesterday - its an autobiography of Richard P. Feynman, who was a Nobel-prize winning theoretical physicist.

But the book is not about science or physics - its about the things that Feynman did in his life. It includes playing the drums, cracking safes, painting, his work in biology (!!), solving maths & differential equations approximately in 1 minute, and the many many practical jokes that he has played on many many people in his life.

The one thing that really amazed me is that he doesn't fit into the "typical scientist" picture - he is curious about everything from management to culture and art. It makes you realize the flaw in the "graduate students should only do _proper work_ and not be involved in any extra-curriculars" philosophy that many people here seem to endorse. :))

Amazing book - loads of fun. The cover says :
"There are 2 types of genius. Ordinary genius do great things, but they leave you room to believe that you could do the same if only you worked hard enough. Then there are magicians, and you can have no idea how they do it. Feynman was a magician."
So true.

One of his famous lectures :
Cargo Cult Science


  1. ever talked to hemant ?
    that guy actually intro-ed me to feynman in FE.. and i'm a life-long worshipper.
    ideal idol.. crazy like a fox. :))
    welcome to the real world.. ;)

    oh, read feynman's lectures.. takes about 2 reads to even understand one part of them..

  2. Yeah, Feynman was real cool.
    Read this fascinating book too - "Feynman a life in science".
    Its there in IIT-B Library