Don't You Have Time to Think, Paperback
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"Don't You Have Time to Think?" collects the witty, eccentric and moving letters of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P.

Feynman. Richard Feynman was no ordinary genius. Brilliant, free-spirited and irreverent, he upset those in authority, gave captivating lectures, wrote equations on napkins in strip joints and touched countless lives everywhere.

He also wrote hundreds of letters to friends, family, critics, colleagues and devoted fans around the world.

Now these letters have been brought together for the first time.

From down-to-earth advice to eager students to discussions of time travel and the atom bomb, and from blunt rebuttals to journalists to poignant exchanges with his first wife as she lay dying, they will introduce you to a unique person whose wisdom and lust for life inspired all those who came into his orbit. "Nobel-winning physicist, expert bongo-player, safe-cracker and all-round genius, Feynman was, as this wonderful and inspiring collection records, also a champion letter-writer...Witty, deadpan, warm ...some are unbearably poignant". ("Guardian"). "Plain-speaking ...touching". ("Daily Telegraph"). "He sparked excitement not just about science but also about the power of creativity, passion, curiosity". ("The New York Times"). Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was one of this century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers.

Feynman's other books, also available in Penguin, include "QED", "Six Easy Pieces, Six Not-so-Easy Pieces", "Don't You Have Time to Think", "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out", "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" and "The Meaning of it All".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, Illustrations, ports
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9780141021133



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A selection of letters chosen by his close family. An insight into his private personality and key events in his life. Ranging from a correspondence with a young and dying wife, being torn between doing what she is asking and doing what is best for her, to light hearted asides and truly inspirational responses to members of the public after he achieved his celebrated status as Nobel prize winner.Inspirational, heart warming, full of humour.