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Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard. P Feynman
Adventures of a curious character by Richard b.Freyman, first and foremost, is an edited
collection of reminiscences. The book was published back in 1985, and it mostly covers episodes
in the author's life. Most parts of the book are based on a recorded audio conversation Mr. Freyman
had with a guitarist by the name of Raph Leighton. Feynman was a brilliant individual who
graduated from MIT with a degree in physics. He was involved in developing the atomic bomb. He
then proceeded to lecture at Cornell University and eventually relocated to Caltech, where he spent
the better part of his life.
We learn from the book that Dr. Feynman was eager for several different things. His interest
majorly was in math, physics, how ants move, lock-picking, music, drawings, and many so many
things. The desire and drive to learn so many things in a short while were mesmerizing. He was
fond of mathematics at a very early age and found practical examples for them. He firmly believed
in actual learning and understanding rather than just knowing the subject. Apart from having a
particular interest in math and physics, he also perused philosophy and biology from Princeton
His father got him interested in ants, and he went ahead and studied them by performing
small experiments if they had a sense of geometry. Feynman further developed an understanding
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of picking up locks and become part of the Manhattan project where he could crack safes. This skill
was attributed to the safety of the atomic bomb that was considered safe. He also developed an
interest in playing music and played it at different places, including private parties. He played
drums, and the bongos and his music was used professionally by a ballet. Feynman also learned to
draw but, at first, never understood the art until he realized it brought pleasure to people.
(Hutchings, Edward, and Ralph Leighton,1997)
Richard Feynman's interest in physics made him the most brilliant physicist of our
generation. Architect of quantum theories and enfant terrible of the atomic bomb project Dr.
Feynman played a maze-like variety of roles in the science of the post-war era. In his work on
quantum electrodynamics, he developed an important tool known as Feynman diagrams to help
conceptualize and calculate interactions between particles in space-time, notably the interactions
between electrons and their anti-matter counterparts, positrons. (Gleick, Jack,1994)
This beauty about the book was that it was not a science; it was partly entertainment at its
best, whether it was fixing radios and blowing up a physics lab while experimenting on a water
sprinkler experiment on cracking top secret safes. This side of Dr. Feynman was relatable to
millions of people globally together to his closest people and colleagues. The appreciation for
Feynman's peculiarity is detailed in his more philosophical approach on matters science and
religion that are well documented in books such as "The Character of Physical Law" and "The
Meaning of it All." His antics followed him to college when a patient professor guided him. The
experience derived from this encounter was nothing that has been felt or done before in the science
world. This was more than practical physics but a lesson deep into the physics of life.
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However, the upside to this was the lectures cited from the book were not that captivating
because they were somewhat eccentric, and it would be a challenge for you to find materials that
relate to the principles of physics and its impact on the world. Feynman gave us an insight into
how we can use colloquial, no-frills language, and everyday examples; without a doubt, he was
one of the first of many that made it famous.
Feynman diagrams are used as visual analogs of the somewhat complicated mathematical
expressions that required description on the behavior of systems of interacting particles. The studies
have had a significant impact on theoretical physics in the second half of the 20th Century. His
desire and drive were to use diagrams to try and illustrate all physics in terms of
particles' spins and fundamental forces, and delve further and to give an explanation concerning the
scattering of nucleons.
The upside to this book you will notice is the realization that Mr. Feynman's life was
different due to his casual sexism. What is of most focus is the science of this brilliant person, but
we cannot ignore his weaknesses. This is explained in the part when Feynman was a young
professor at Cornell; he used to pretend and act as a student so he could get the opportunity to ask
undergraduate women out. (Jogalekar, Asutosh,2014). This type of behavior on the part of a
professor warrant for stun disciplinary action. The move was, without a doubt, was distasteful and
very wrong. The view on Mr. Feynman will change when you read about this side of him if you
are the type of person that dislikes sexism.
This book is written in the most straightforward manner that will make it easier for an
individual to read. The downside to this is that the author Mr. Dick Feynman makes everything
about him, which is rather annoying. The discovery of his hidden talent to amuse others or himself
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is instead the character exhibited by a self-centered person. He acts like a complete jack ass, and I
would recommend a pass.
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Work cited
Gleick, Jack. Genius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics 1994
Jogalekar, Asutosh. Richard Feynman, sexism and changing perceptions of a scientific icon
Hutchings, Edward, and Ralph Leighton. "Surely you'-re joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a
curious character." Leadership 2003 (1997): 06-15.