Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) was a professor at Cornell University and CalTech and received the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965. In 1986 he served with distinction on the Rogers Commission investigating the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Ralph Leighton lives in northern California.
"A storyteller in the tradition of Mark Twain. Feynman proves once
again that it is possible to laugh out loud and scratch your head
at the same time." -- K. C. Cole - New York Times Book Review
"Quintessential Feynman-funny, brilliant, bawdy...enormously entertaining." -- The New Yorker
"Books like this are temptations-to give up reading and devote life to rereading...The book is a litmus paper: anyone who can read it without laughing out loud is bad crazy." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A chain reaction is not a bad analogy for Feynman's life. From a critical mass of gray matter it goes off in all directions, producing both heat and light." -- Time
"Feynman is legendary among his colleagues for his brilliance and his eccentricity...It's not hard to smile all the way through." -- Newsweek