Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!

Richard P. Feynman ★★★★★

Easy-to-read autobiographical stories about the extremely talented physicist and general great bloke Richard Feynman.

Besides being a great physicist, he had a great sense of humor and developed a unique way of viewing life. This book is a good read, along with “What do you care what other people think?”, the last autobiographical book of Feynman.

What’s weird is that he regarded himself as a completely average guy, with an average intellect. I learned later that this is a typical case of Muller’s second theorem, which states the following:

We never take credit for our best skills for they come without effort.


It was a brilliant idea: You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

I had a way of having adventures which is hard to explain: it’s like fishing, where you put a line out and then you have to have patience. When I would tell someone about some of my adventures, they might say, “Oh, come on—let’s do that!” So we would go to a bar to see if something will happen, and they would lose patience after twenty minutes or so. You have to spend a couple of days before something happens, on average. I spent a lot of time talking to show girls. One would introduce me to another, and after a while, something interesting would often happen.