This book is an autobiography of sorts by the famous theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. It was quite interesting to read, although it took me some time to get used to the book. Feynman has won the Nobel Prize and is known to have a great mind- a fact that is continually seen throughout the book! There is always some interesting puzzle to think about, or some technical detail he describes nicely. He is also rather outrageous though- his stories about painting nude women, living in Brazil and then Japan, playing the drums and solving physics problems in strip clubs are not what you would expect from a stuffy intellectual!
Learnings from the book –
1. The eternal thirst for knowledge
Feynman was such a great physics mind and was continually being called to give lectures throughout the country, but he never let all the fame get to his head. Instead, he continually looked for new things to try and master!
2. Working hard
True, he was brilliant, but that never stopped him from working hard. He describes himself as being too lazy to work sometimes (and hence think that something is beyond his comprehension), and others then inspire him to think and study hard. He then realises that it was just laziness stopping him from understanding, not the capacity of his brain!
3. Ability to laugh at oneself
He was undoubtedly an eccentric man, and he knew it. Many of his stories are quite funny because of his ability to laugh at himself.. this quality enabled him to try new things with abandon and not worry if they didn’t quite turn out as expected. Of course, this could only come after lots of self-confidence. 🙂
It is a different book- not a very motivational type of book, but an interesting one to see life through a new perspective. Try it if you have a general interest in how things work.. 🙂