This book has 8 recommendations

Larry Page (Co-Founder/Google)

Google co-founder Larry Page has listed this book as one of his favorites.

Tim Ferriss (Author & Entrepreneur)

Paints a picture of a very brilliant problem solver and merry prankster who was a polymath, taught himself how to play the bongos, used to paint in strip clubs. You've got to love this guy! And it's a hilarious book but it also shows you how good he was at testing assumptions and questioning dogma. Even in the face of embarrassment or criticism.

Sergey Brin (Co-Founder/Google)

Brin told the Academy of Achievement: "Aside from making really big contributions in his own field, he was pretty broad-minded. I remember he had an excerpt where he was explaining how he really wanted to be a Leonardo [da Vinci], an artist and a scientist. I found that pretty inspiring. I think that leads to having a fulfilling life."

Noah Kagan (Founder/Sumo)

If you ever meet me in person, I have an extra copy because it's just that amazing.

Max Gurvits (Director/Cross Border Angels)

As far as Surely Youʼre Joking is concerned, Richard Feynman is probably one of the best storytellers the world has known. The book is a collection of stories about his work (heʼs one of the fathers of the US nuclear program, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1965) and his passions, like music and teaching. Whatʼs really exciting about Feynman, and a trait I think generally is one of the most important in life, is that he manages to explain very complicated things as if theyʼre the simplest you can imagine, constantly making fun at his own expense and showcasing his insatiable curiosity and optimism. This resonates a lot with my own, very modest, experience in doing anything successfully: if itʼs really great and good, it feels like a walk in the park.

Joan Boixados (Founder/everydayCheck)

A brilliant mind with unlimited curiosity that played major roles in several different fields. Fun to read.

Dave Child (Founder/

The other book which had a huge impact on me was Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman. At school, I'd done well in maths and the sciences, but when it came time to go to university, I just wanted to work on the web, so didn't take up my place. Reading that book rekindled my enthusiasm for science in general, and it was shortly after that that I started a Physics degree with the Open University. Going back to academic study had a huge impact on me. I'd go as far as to say I'd been in a serious rut for a few years at that point, but studying with the Open University gave me clarity and self-confidence enough to start making some big positive changes. And that all started with Mr Feynman.

Chris Oliver (Founder/GoRails)

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman I have read many times. It takes you back to childhood curiosity of learning things. Feynman was also a master at the appearance of being a "genius" because he would often make educated guesses which blew the minds of people around him, therefore earning his reputation as a genius.

Amazon description

Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric―a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

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See more books recommended by: Larry Page, Tim Ferriss, Sergey Brin, Noah Kagan, Max Gurvits, Joan Boixados, Dave Child, Chris Oliver

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