You may think that the reason Richard P. Feynman is interesting is because he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 for contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics. I guess that’s interesting, but its not why he’s interesting.

“I often liked to play tricks on people when I was at MIT.”

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He many have been a theoretical physicist, but wore many different hats as a prankster, safecracker, bloodhound (you know, the dogs that smell really well?), a bongo drummer, an ant expert, a Mayan Hieroglyphics scholar, an artist and a guy who loves to play the samba.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

It’s Richard Feynman, right? I mean come on! Besides the physics, his excitement for solving puzzles and exploring subjects, his occasional awkwardness in social and his way of living life resonates with many a geek.

Rating (4 stars)

If you’re looking for a definitive account of Richard Feynman’s work in physics, look somewhere else. These are the other stories from his life and together they create a book that is fun, insightful and utterly readable. The storyteller in Feynman shines through.

In some stories, his genius is obvious. In others, its his humanity that shines through. Hey, this guy is like us! Even if physics isn’t your thing, read this book… this book less about a physicist and more like an interesting exploration into how someone thinks.

I can see why this was a New York Times Bestseller.