"What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character
Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
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The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
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 its 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.
typhoid fever that involved checking for bacteria in the feces. He said, “It was negative.” “What? How can that be!” I said. “Why all these gowns, when you can’t even find the bacteria in an experiment? Maybe she doesn’t have typhoid fever!” The result of that was that the doctor talked to Arlene’s parents, who told me not to interfere. “After all, he’s the doctor. You’re only her fiancé.” I’ve found out since that such people don’t know what they’re doing, and get insulted when you make some
that change for $20 isn’t available when you went to get your card renewed at the US Immigration Office downtown. Example: I lost my pencil, and wanted to buy a new one at the kiosk here. “A pen costs $1.10.” “No, I want a pencil—wooden, with graphite.” “No, only $1.10 pens.” “OK, how many Zlotys is that?” “You can’t buy it in Zlotys, only for $1.10.” (Why? Who knows!) I have to go upstairs for American money. I give $ 1.25. Clerk at kiosk cannot give change—must go to cashier of hotel. The
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pieces all over the main report. “After all,” I said, “it’s only gonna be an appendix. It won’t make any difference if there’s a little repetition.” Dr. Keel put back something here and there when I asked him to, but there was still so much missing that my report wasn’t anything like it was before. The Tenth Recommendation SOMETIME in May, at one of our last meetings, we got around to making a list of possible recommendations. Somebody would say, “Maybe one of the things we should discuss
O-rings, 140 at launch pad, 161 analysis of, 165–66 and O-ring incidents, 137f Thinking Machines Company, 100n, 117 Thompson, Arnie, 163 thought processes, in technicolor, 59 time sense, 55–59 Time, 89 Titan rocket, investigation of failure, 128–29 Togi (Japan), 80–82 top-down design, see also bottom-up design of shuttle main engine, 226–29 of space shuttles, 184 tradition Greek, 94–95 Indian, 61 Japanese, 80–81 Treasure Island, 31 Trinidad, 60–62 Tukey, John, 58–59 Ullian,