What Do You Care What Other People Think?

  • by Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton
  • Narrated by Raymond Todd
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 the book's many tales 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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Richard Feynman is somewhat of a superstar at Audible. We have a wealth of material from him, and he's popular with both our technical and editorial staff. He's one of the first scientists to popularize subjects one thinks of as difficult, like physics. This is significant because since Feynman's death, introducing science to the layman has been a torch taken up most admirably by Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene. Feynman's final autobiographical collection contains pieces that are by turns touching and tragic, and not to be missed.

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What the Critics Say

"Feynman's voice echoes raw and direct.' (The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

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A must read for any Engineer

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone who is of an engineer mind will love this book. A great narration to a great life, with a great mind.


What did you like best about this story?

The depiction of focusing on straight forward reality in a world much more complex social system. As a side story, I liked how the depiction of lead of the Rogers Commission, William Rogers, evolved. As a computer software engineer, I especially liked seeing the insight into other engineers worlds when trying to solve problems and deal with politics. This book made me recognize why the term software engineer belongs with other engineering disciplines.


Any additional comments?

Always think critically is a theme throughout the entire book.

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- Michael

Sure You're Joking is much better.

What do you care what people think repeats some stories from surely you're joking, but it also has a few new stories. Most of this book is dominated by Feynman's participation in the space shuttle challenger crash investigation commission. It involves his interactions with people, his thoughts on technical details of the topic, and he finally expands on what this all means in the bigger picture. It's a bit long and dry. And if you're interested in this then it may suit you. But I am more interested in Feynman's personal side and ideological thoughts.

I've read Surely You're Joking, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, and this book (What Do You Care). And I've listed them in order of preference.
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- Jose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.