The book is a collection of memoirs by theoretical physicist and professor Richard Feynman. He starts off as a brilliant young boy, super curious about the world around him. His intellect is unmatched by his peers as he conducted his own experiments as a child, teaching himself about the world around him.
As brilliant as he was, he has absolutely 0 social skills. Many of his stories are hilarious and you can relate to them. However, as he grows and matures throughout early adulthood and through college, he meets a ton of people and he becomes better and better in social situations. He learns how to interact with others and becomes quite a ladies’ man.
Besides all of that, I think the best message to take away from his adventures is the idea of being curious and the absolute need to solve new and interesting puzzles. As a result, he gains not just social experience, but life experience. Feyman learned how to pick locks, fix radios, flew to Brazil and joined a samba band, became a pseudo biologist, learned how to speak Portuguese and Japanese, learned how to play the drums, and became a legitimate artist. Why? Because he felt like it. Because he was a curious person and because it was something he hadn’t ever done before.
Oh, and this is all besides the fact that he was a renowned theoretical physicist who worked at Los Alamos and won the Nobel Prize for his work in quantum physics.
He also talks about adopting a philosophy on life he called “social irresponsibility” — the way he describes it, it’s almost like his own form of not caring about what others think about him.
The book is full of life lessons and advice. About all the kinds of people you encounter along the way and how he learned how to handle them. It’s a must-read as far as I’m concerned.
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