I like to read quite a bit, but I often get caught up reading only about business or things of that nature. Reading other materials is important and business is truly only one small part of my interests. Education, sports, science and classic literature also interest me greatly. So over the holidays I decided to read a few books that weren’t as focused on business.
The first was Pygmy, which I wrote about recently. Odd, but a nice switch into contemporary fiction. The next was “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!“, an autobiography of sorts written by Richard Feynman. Why did I pick up this book after having never heard of him before? I read a brief blog post about Feynman who recommended watching this video:
After watching the video, I found his thoughts in terms of describing things and explaining things very interesting and figured I’d give his book a try. There were many others, but this one seemed good enough.
The book is a series of small adventures that Mr. Feynman had throughout his life. Some of these interesting stories include is jobs such as fixing old radios as a child, working in hospitality, working on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos (The Manhattan Project), and learning to draw and sell art.
It’s quite easy to get a good feel for Mr. Feynman and how he viewed the world. His voice is very strong and it seems obvious that he was a person unafraid to learn and try new things.
He is quite accomplished as a physicist, having won the Nobel Prize (which he states as more of a problem than anything, he didn’t really want the prize). The book goes over so many anecdotes that it’s difficult to fully explain the concepts and what you take from it, but it’s a whimsical read and certainly worthwhile for people interested in historic figures.
Perhaps the best way to recant his disposition is to quote his final words, at 69 while seceding to cancer: “I’d hate to die twice, it’s so boring.”