One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman's last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton.
Among the book's many tales—some funny, others intensely moving—we meet Feynman's first wife, Arlene, who taught him of love's irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. We are also given a fascinating narrative of the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger's explosion in 1986, and we relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster's cause by an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.
A good car book for those with a lil' mathmatical aptitude
Written by Alayne Sampson from Fountain Valley, CA
on March 14th, 2008
Book Rating: 4/5
I really enjoyed listening to this book in the car. The first part of the book are random stories about the physicist that provoked a chuckle. The second half talked about his experience as a scientist while on the Presidental investigative committee for the Challenger disaster in the 80s. If you enjoy a bit of nerd humor, and the illogic of politicing, this book will resonate with you. Throughout the second half of the book, I could understand his pain of using logic during the midst of an illogical process.