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By Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton

The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!"

one of many maximum physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for experience and an extraordinary skill to inform the tales of his existence. "What Do You Care What folks Think?" is Feynman’s final literary legacy, ready together with his pal and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. between its many tales―some humorous, others intensely moving―we meet Feynman’s first spouse, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible secret as she lay demise in a sanatorium mattress whereas he labored within sight at the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. we're additionally given a desirable narrative of the research of the gap shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the instant while Feynman printed the disaster’s reason by way of a sublime scan: losing a hoop of rubber right into a glass of chilly water and pulling it out, misshapen.

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They requested normal Kutyna to be the middleman, simply because they knew he used to be a chum of mine. What a very good good friend of mine he was once, they didn’t comprehend. Kutyna says, “Hello, Professor, I simply desired to let you know that i believe you’re doing rather well. yet I’ve been given the task of attempting to speak you out of it, so I’m going to offer you the arguments. ” “Fear now not! ” I acknowledged. “I’m no longer gonna swap my brain. simply provide me the arguments, and worry no longer. ” the 1st argument was once that if I don’t settle for the 10th advice, they won’t settle for my document, whilst an appendix. I didn’t fear approximately that one, simply because i'll continually positioned out my file myself. the entire arguments have been like that: none of them was once excellent, and none of them had any impression. I had concept via conscientiously what i used to be doing, so I simply caught to my weapons. Then Kutyna recommended a compromise: they have been keen to move besides my file as I wrote it, aside from one sentence close to the top. I checked out the sentence and that i discovered that I had already made my aspect within the prior paragraph. Repeating the purpose amounted to polemics; elimination the word made my file far better. I authorized the compromise. Then I provided a compromise at the 10th advice: “If they need to assert whatever great approximately NASA on the finish, simply don’t name it a advice, so humans will comprehend that it’s no longer within the comparable type because the different concepts: name it a ‘concluding notion’ if you'd like. And to prevent confusion, don’t use the phrases ‘strongly recommends. ’ simply say ‘urges’—‘The fee urges that NASA proceed to obtain the help of the management and the country. ’ all of the different stuff can remain an identical. ” slightly later, Keel calls me up: “Can we are saying ‘strongly urges’? ” “No. simply ‘urges’. ” “Okay,” he stated. And that used to be the ultimate selection. Meet the clicking I placed my identify at the major record, my very own file received in as an appendix, and every thing was once very well. In early June we went again to Washington and gave our report back to the President in a rite held within the Rose backyard. That used to be on a Thursday. The document used to be to not be published to the general public till the next Monday, so the President may perhaps research it. in the meantime, the newspaper journalists have been operating like demons: they knew our file used to be accomplished they usually have been attempting to scoop one another to determine what was once in it. I knew they might be calling me up day and evening, and that i used to be afraid i might say whatever a few technical topic that might supply them a touch. journalists are very shrewdpermanent and chronic. They’ll say, “We heard such-and-such—is it real? ” And beautiful quickly, what you’re considering you didn’t inform them exhibits up within the newspaper! i used to be decided to not say a notice in regards to the document till it used to be made public, on Monday. a chum of mine confident me to head at the “MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour,” so I acknowledged certain for Monday evening’s express. I additionally had my secretary organize a press convention for Tuesday at Caltech. I acknowledged, “Tell the journalists who are looking to consult me that I haven’t any touch upon something: any questions they've got, I’ll be joyful to respond to on Tuesday at my press convention.

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