#DailyBookQuote : 6th May 2014
– Richard P Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988)
– Surely You Are Joking Mr. Feynman!
Richard Phillips Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics (he proposed the parton model). For his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman was a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, together with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga. Feynman developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams.
Feynman thrived on outrageous adventures. In this book he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; painting a naked female toreador – and much else of an eyebrow-raising nature. In short, here is Feynman’s life in all its eccentric glory – a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.